We were here at the end of September with our 12 and 14 year old kids for our first experience in the snow. The views on the drive to both Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields are amazing, the roads very winding, but our subaru forrester made it with ease. The beginner areas were closed for skiing as much of the snow had been washed away by heavy rain, but we still got to play in the snow at Whakapapa and try out skiing at Turoa. I would definitely recommend getting local knowledge on the weather and taking the ski lift for the wonderful views of snowy mountains. As Lord of the Rings fans, we also enjoyed seeing the picturesque 'Mt Doom' (Mt Ngaurahoe).
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