Whakapapa, New Zealand's largest ski field, is located on the north-facing slopes, with a vertical of 670m. Terrain is typified by large, wide open cruisers plus challenging off-piste. Next to the base lodge is an extensive beginners' area, Happy Valley. The resort's lifts and runs range across craggy terrain made especially interesting because of the twists, turns and drops of the solidified lava on which it sits. There is a mix of deep gullies, superb natural half-pipes for snowboarders and narrow chutes. There is a handful of mountain restaurants. Accommodation is mostly 6km away at Whakapapa village.
- Tourist office: +64 7 892 4000