Using Huka Lodge as your base, you can experience some of New Zealand’s outstanding skiing or snow boarding at Tongariro National Park. Our new addition for Central Plateau snow adventures is the latest craze – showshoeing.
Turoa and Whakapapa ski fields, on the slopes of Mt. Ruapehu, both lie within the Tongariro National Park. This park enjoys UNESCO Dual World Heritage status in recognition of its important spiritual and cultural associations and outstanding volcanic features.
Turoa and Whakapapa offer New Zealand’s highest ski experience and are the two largest ski areas in the country. Whakapapa alone features more than 65 trails, across 1050 hectares of stunning panoramic scenery. Designed to meet the needs of all skiers these ski areas present some of the best terrain in Australasia made even more attractive by an extended season (from June until October).
These popular, well-established ski areas enjoy easy access and excellent amenities for those seeking easy runs at beginners level, or the challenge of Australasia’s longest vertical descent, via New Zealand’s highest chair lift, the “High Noon Express.”
Home to premier, stand-alone beginner’s ski area, Happy Valley, serviced by four carpet lifts and a double-chair lift, with guaranteed snow from 22 June. There is easy progression to other more demanding ski areas at Whakapapa with lower lift pass options.
For intermediate-level skiers there are plenty of snow-filled basins, steep chutes and wide open spaces to keep you alert. For those seeking a more extreme adrenalin-filled challenge there are over 24 black and double-black diamond runs to ski.
Favoured by those who enjoy the space and freedom of its wide open runs as well as the challenges provided by plenty of chutes, bowls and naturally-occurring half-pipes. The 2019 season opens 28 June.
Advanced skiers and snowboard riders absolutely love the 25 black and double-black diamond runs. Backcountry areas offer a vast variety of terrain and can be readily accessed by chair lift.
Beginners are also well provided for at Turoa with the Alpine Meadow with its 120m magic carpet lift, and a separate toboganning area.
Snowshoeing Central Plateau
This hot new activity, hiking using special snowshoes that prevent sinking in soft snow and slipping on hard snow and ice, is suitable for guests with a medium to high fitness level. Snowshoeing provides amazing opportunity to traverse through snow without needing to be an accomplished skier. You can enjoy access to panoramic views and mountain scenery during your guided snowshoe adventure in the spectacular snowy mountains of the Central Plateau.
Includes: personal guide, return private vehicle transfers from Huka Lodge and a packed lunch.