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Ruapehu, Tongariro, Ngaruahoe

Central Plateau , New Zealand

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 Mt Ruapehu, NZ.
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 Mt Ruapehu, NZ.
 Mt Ruapehu, NZ.
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Mt Ngaruahoe, NZ.
 Mt Ruapehu, NZ.

 Mt Ruapehu, NZ.

Central Plateau, NZ

 Mt Ruapehu, NZ.

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Mt Ruapehu

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Located in the middle of the North island, Mt Ruapehu is some 335 kilometres south of Auckland in a volcanic region that includes Mt Ngarahoe and Mt Tongariro.

Whakapapa: This is the biggest and most used skiing area in New Zealand and covers a whopping 400 hectares. The ski fields are on the north-western side of Mt Ruapehu and offer everything for everyone. One fifth of the area is good for beginners, almost two-thirds will suit intermediate skiers, while advanced skiers and snowboarders will have a fifth of Whakapapa to themselves. There are more than 30 runs with 17 high-capacity lifts making getting back to the top hassle-free.

Average snowfall: 400 cm.
Highest lift: 2300 metres.
Vertical drop: 670 metres.
Lifts: 17. 10 main, 7 beginner tows.
Facilities: cafes and bars, children's creche, children's programme.
Season: Late June - Late October.

Turoa: Also situated on Mt Ruapehu, but on the south-west side, Turoa is similar in size to Whakapapa but has a slightly larger beginners' area. One quarter of its runs are suitable for novices, 55% for intermediates and advanced skiers and snowboarders have around 20%. Turoa has the largest vertical drop in New Zealand and Australia and is renowned for excellent skiing in Spring.

Average snowfall: 450 cm.
Highest lift: 2322 metres.
Longest run: 4 km.
Vertical drop: 720 metres.
Lifts: 11. 7 main, 4 beginner tows.
Facilities: Cafes and bars, children's programme.
Season: Late June - Late October.









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