Our Resorts

Mount Ruapehu

Mount Ruapehu is the only skiable mountain on New Zealand’s North Island, with the added bonus of it being an active volcano! Due to it being so close to the major population centres of the likes of Auckland, Taupo or Wellington, it brings huge crowds from across the country. It is based in Tongariro National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, listed for it’s cultural landscapes which holds a lot of signifcance for the Maori population. It is made up of two slopes, Whakapapa and Turoa, which means it has the largest ski area in New Zealand when combined.

Whakapapa

Whakapapa is at home on one side of Mount Ruapehu, and has various different features that sets it apart. Currently, it forms part of New Zealand’s largest skiable area, with over 65 different trails combined. The Knoll Ridge Cafe, where some of our staff could be working, is New Zealand’s highest eatery and was named the World’s Best Designed Cafe in 2015. For the beginners, it also as a sledding area and a dedicated starters area called ‘Happy Valley’. Whoever works here will also get a season pass for both Whakapapa and Turoa.

Mountain Info
  • Base Area Elevation: 1630m
  • Vertical Descent: 690m
  • Highest Lifted Point: 2320m
  • Skiable Area: 550 hectares
  • Lifts: 1 quad express, 3x quad fixed chairs, 1x double fixed chair, 3x t-bars, 1x elevator, 4x carpet lifts
  • Average Natural Snowfall:
  • Snow Making: Extensive, can cover with snow in up to 25degrees heat
  • Operating Hours: 9am-4pm
  • Terrain: 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, 25% advanced
  • Has lots of natural chutes and jumps
  • Designated terrain park with rails, half/quarter pipes
  • Home to major North Islands ski competitions and festivals
  • Free staff bus transport
  • 50% off all food and drink
  • 20% off retail
Where You’d Live

There is limited staff accommodation at Whakapapa, but most seasonal workers will live at Whakapapa village. This is also near the UNESCO listed Tongariro National Park, which is home to many hikes considered the best in the world, including the Tongariro crossing and the Crater Rim. It’s a quieter area than the ‘party-hub’ Queenstown, but it allows seasonal workers to get to know everyone in the village and form some strong relationships with their fellow season workers.

things to do
  • Hike the Tongariro Crossing
  • Check out the Crater Rim and Emerald Lake
  • See Tama Lakes
  • Visit the numerous waterfalls in the area
  • Visit Chateau Tongariro Hotel
  • Take a trip to Taupo and jetboat on the lake
  • Hire a mountain bike and ride some of the famous trails
  • Spend some time exploring at Forgotten World Adventures
  • Take in the breathtaking views of Taranaki Falls

Turoa

Turoa has many claims-to-fame when it comes to New Zealand records. It has the highest lifted point in New Zealand at 2322m, meaning it gives some unrivalled views of the North Island. In addition to this, it also has the largest vertical drop at 722m, as well as the longest vertical run, so it’s certainly one for the adrenaline junkies. If you get a clear day, you can even see Mount Taranaki. By working at Turoa, your ski season pass will also include Whakapapa, so you’ve got loads of potential options to try on your time off.

Mountain Info
  • Base Area Elevation: 1600m
  • Vertical Descent: 720m
  • Highest Lifted Point: 2322m
  • Skiable Area: 500 hectares
  • Lifts: 1x 6 seater, 2x quads, 2x triples, 2 platter lifts, 1 magic carpet
  • Average Natural Snowfall:
  • Snow Making: Extensive, can cover with snow in up to 25degrees heat
  • Operating Hours: 9am-4pm
  • Terrain: 20% beginner, 55% intermediate, 25% advanced
  • Has lots of natural chutes and jumps
  • Home to major North Islands ski competitions and festivals
  • Free staff bus transport
  • 50% off all food and drink
  • 20% off retail
  • Some fantastic backcountry available to explore
Where You’d Live

For Turoa workers, most will live in Ohakune. This is slightly bigger than Whakapapa Village or national park, and has a few pubs dotted about the place. It’s a great mix of locals and globetrotters, meaning you’ll become one of the known locals very quickly. It’s a perfect small ski town vibe, and is cheaper than the bigger, South Island towns. It is also home to the ‘Big Carrot’, which is meant to be the biggest model carrot in the world, which also happens to be our favourite ever fact.

things to do
  • Hike the Tongariro Crossing
  • Check out the Crater Rim and Emerald Lake
  • See Tama Lakes
  • Visit the numerous waterfalls in the area
  • Visit Chateau Tongariro Hotel
  • Take a trip to Taupo and jetboat on the lake
  • Hire a mountain bike and ride some of the famous trails
  • Spend some time exploring at Forgotten World Adventures
  • Take in the breathtaking views of Taranaki Falls
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