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Travel dates: 1 February 2022
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5 Day Ski Mt Ruapehu Family Ski Holiday

Pick up your car and head for Mt Ruapehu's winter playground for 5 days of winter family fun, staying in National Park Village. Enjoy 2 days of skiing or snowboarding on Whakapapa or Turoa ski fields.

Tour full itinerary
Day 1 - Pick up your car and head to Tongariro National Park
5 Day Ski Mt Ruapehu Family Ski Holiday - Day 1
Collect your rental car

This tour can be priced with any of the rental cars available in our fantastic range, from economy hatchbacks to prestige saloons and SUV's.

Auckland to Whakapapa Village

Today you will leave Auckland and travel south through the rolling pastures of Waikato. Take the time to detour to Waitomo and experience its network of underground caves before heading inland to the Central Plateau and arriving at Tongariro National Park. A world heritage site, Tongariro is home to three active volcanoes Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe as well as a host of activities including hiking, fishing, climbing, mountain biking and skiing.

Your accommodation: Tongariro Crossing Lodge

Tongariro Crossing Lodge is a small boutique, colonial-inspired accommodation whose buildings date back to the early 1900s. The lodge is made up of just six well appointed, large, warm rooms with their own bathrooms.
Tongariro Crossing Lodge

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 337 kms / 209 miles : 4.0 hours

Day 2 - Head up the mountain today for your first day on the snow
5 Day Ski Mt Ruapehu Family Ski Holiday - Day 2
Whakapapa ski field

Whakapapa Ski Area on the north-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu is New Zealand's largest ski area. Whakapapa is home to New Zealand's premiere beginners' area, Happy Valley. It's a big complete learners area in its own valley away from the worry of faster skiers/boarders putting you off. It has its own cafe, rental complex and ski school meeting area. The gentle slope is nice and long, giving you plenty of time to really get the hang of your new sport and there is a slow-moving chairlift that takes you to the top of the slope while giving your legs a rest between runs. There are also more than 30 groomed trails that intermediate skiers and boarders love. The volcanic terrain at Whakapapa gives a massive variety between trails, giving you the choice of bumps, chutes, drops, bowls or nice wide runs. With 24 black and black diamond runs plus the lift accessed Black Magic backcountry area, there is plenty at Whakapapa to get the adrenaline pumping even for the most expert of experts.

Mt Ruapehu Anytime Lift Pass & Rental Combo

The Mt Ruapehu, Ohakune and on-mountain rental outlets make it easier for you to start your day on the snow. Mt Ruapehu has New Zealand's largest fleet of skis and snowboards, boots and poles. It's all ready and waiting for you right there on the mountain!
Don't own your own snow clothing, or not sure if your skills are up to scratch?
No worries, chat to us about adding clothing rental and lessons.

Your accommodation: Tongariro Crossing Lodge

Tongariro Crossing Lodge is a small boutique, colonial-inspired accommodation whose buildings date back to the early 1900s. The lodge is made up of just six well appointed, large, warm rooms with their own bathrooms.
Tongariro Crossing Lodge
Day 3 - Another day on the snow, you may like to explore a different ski field
5 Day Ski Mt Ruapehu Family Ski Holiday - Day 3
Turoa ski field

Turoa Ski Area on the south-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu offers a massive 722m of vertical descent on New Zealand's highest chairlift - the High Noon Express. The Alpine Meadow at the base of Turoa Ski Area is a wonderful little beginners' area. It has a massive 120m long carpet lift, which is like a conveyor belt over the snow and super easy to use. The Alpine Meadow is right next to the Alpine Chalet where you'll find good coffee, meals, snacks and a well-deserved cold beer after you're done on the slopes. For those who aren't ready for skiing or snowboarding, there's a sledding slope and a free public snow play area too! When you're ready to progress, a short ride up the Park Lane chairlift takes you to a slightly steeper beginner area, the Wintergarden, where you can develop your new skills and enjoy a break at the rustic Snowflake Burger Bar. The intermediate terrain at Turoa is mostly wide and smooth, making it a perfect progression from the beginner runs. There are 12 groomed intermediate runs, all of which are nice and long and many of them link to one another so you can enjoy excellent intermediate skiing and riding all the way from the top of Australasia's highest lift to the base area. With 25 black and black diamond runs and two spectacular lift-accessed backcountry areas you'll find a massive variety of terrain as an advanced skier/rider at Turoa. Enjoy the natural half-pipes and chutes through the Organ Pipes and the Solitude backcountry area or the amazing wide sweeping terrain of the Triangle and the Glacier backcountry area. If you're into steeps Hamilton's Face is for you and the budding big mountain skier will find an ever-changing range of natural terrain features to play on.

Mt Ruapehu Anytime Lift Pass & Rental Combo

The Mt Ruapehu, Ohakune and on-mountain rental outlets make it easier for you to start your day on the snow. Mt Ruapehu has New Zealand's largest fleet of skis and snowboards, boots and poles. It's all ready and waiting for you right there on the mountain!
Don't own your own snow clothing, or not sure if your skills are up to scratch?
No worries, chat to us about adding clothing rental and lessons.

Your accommodation: Tongariro Crossing Lodge

Tongariro Crossing Lodge is a small boutique, colonial-inspired accommodation whose buildings date back to the early 1900s. The lodge is made up of just six well appointed, large, warm rooms with their own bathrooms.
Tongariro Crossing Lodge
Day 4 - Take a day off the snow and explore all Tongariro National Park has to offer
SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Private Guided Scenic Highlights Tour of Tongariro National Park with Adventure Outdoors

Experience the best of the Tongariro National Park with this Scenic Highlight short walks & drive tour. Designed to suit ensuring a relaxed pace with stunning views.

Your accommodation: Tongariro Crossing Lodge

Tongariro Crossing Lodge is a small boutique, colonial-inspired accommodation whose buildings date back to the early 1900s. The lodge is made up of just six well appointed, large, warm rooms with their own bathrooms.
Tongariro Crossing Lodge
Day 5 - Return home with wonderful winter memories
5 Day Ski Mt Ruapehu Family Ski Holiday - Day 5
Whakapapa Village to Waitomo

Head through National Park and across rich rolling farmland to the limestone regions of Waitomo and the famous Waitomo Caves complex.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Footwhistle Glowworm Cave Tour

Enjoy a courtesy scenic shuttle to the Footwhistle Glowworm Cave while your experienced guide reveals the rich history of Waitomo. Take a short walk through breath taking native bushland to the cave entrance. There, your guide lights the candles which sets the scene for an intimate cave experience. You will see glowworms and cave formations up close while you appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave (also known to local Maori as Te Anaroa Cave).
The solar powered lights are kept low so you can appreciate the magnificent glow worm displays just centimetres away. Around a corner lie the bones of one of New Zealand's lost treasures, the ancient Moa.
After enjoying a relaxed stroll through the cave, take a seat in Footwhistle's Cathedral to see it lit up by a dazzling magnesium torch. Complete the tour by enjoying a complimentary Kawa tea whilst you relax in the punga hut surrounded by native forest.

Waitomo to Auckland City

The lush farmland of the Waikato and the limestone hills of the Waitomo region provide some great scenery as you head north. Visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House en route for a great look at some of New Zealand's native birds in particular our famous flightless namesake.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 329 kms / 204 miles : 4.0 hours