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“First family holiday to the snow” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Whakapapa Ski Resort

Whakapapa Ski Resort
Ohakune Mountain Rd, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
+64 7 892 4000
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Whakapapa
Type: Mountains, Outdoors
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Adelaide, Australia
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“First family holiday to the snow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The scenery is breathtaking driving to the skifields. Definitely worth even a day trip. Arrived 9:45am. We visited 2 days during school holidays, so was very busy. First day took until 11am to complete forms, purchase beginners' package tickets, get our boots and snowboards, so annoying. Not many staff to assist in all the different areas you need to go to. MUST have photo I.D. (Package included lesson, beginner & sightseeing lift passes, boots, ski or snowboard hire). Also charge 2% extra for credit card.1st lesson available to us at 12:00, lasting 2 hours, was way too long for me, so opted out after an hour. Beginners' area was too busy for me to feel comfortable snowboarding, so just did sledding with the kids. Hired sled for $15 and children's sightseeing chairlift passes were $18 each. Must be on sightseeing lift before 3pm to get back down in time for the 4pm close. We did enjoy that immensely. But the food in the cafe was quite stale, ordinary and expensive. Also must buy a lift pass card at $5 per person, which can be refunded when you leave. Day one cost me $460 for the 6 of us, without food.
The next day we decided to hire our skis + sleds from a hire shop away from the skifields. We parked the car, caught the free shuttle bus to the entrance, caught the chairlift down to Happy Valley and found our own little spot on the snow. Skiing within 1/2 hour. This was a Saturday, so got REALLY busy by 12, but did everything much more leisurely. Lots of time sledding and making snowmen too. Hiring offsite - 2 sleds + 2 sets of skis/boots, which we could share, cost $65. Took our own snacks, so great value day.
** Note that there is a rental office at the top near the chairlift which was really busy when we were there. OR, as we did, catch the chairlift straight down to Happy Valley, where there is another office for everything. As first-timers, you won't have to juggle all your stuff on the chairlift down, which can be a little daunting at first.
The sun was shining brightly both days ... was a beautiful experience ... the mountains were majestic ... everyone was happy ... would highly recommend to all.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Awesome Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

If you are a first time Goer to the ski field make sure to pack plenty of warm clothes. The must is Gloves warm jacket and a beanie and also a scarf/neck gaitor. Something to cover your face would be very handy. you can use the neck gaitor as i did. its $20 in kathmandu

Visited July 2014
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Nelson, New Zealand
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“Eating and drinking on the slopes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Nice to have access to ameneties close to the slopes and the ordering of coffee etc. made very simple by a great device - a light up number so when our drinks etc. were ready this little device flashed so we could go and collect it. Very techno!

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Napier, New Zealand
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“Taking your kids up for a play in the snow?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

You get directed into the carpark and then wait for a free shuttle bus to take you to the skifield reception area. If you dont want to ski you can get a lift pass to the highest cafe in NZ. Or if you want to take the kids for a play you can jump on the chairlift for free down to happy valley and hire a toboggan for $15 and or make snowmen. There was a lot of people their but it was the school holidays. We didnt ski so cant comment on hirage and the ski fields. Kids had fun and didnt cost much with awesome views.

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Witham, United Kingdom
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“good boarding”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

visited at a time where snow was not too plentiful but the teams did a great job getting some runs open. The happy valley slope is great for beginners and even intermediates who wish to warm up. Rock garden was open but the rest were closed due to winds. For me, it was perfect so grab your board or skis and head to the hills

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