Tūroa Ski Area

Tūroa Ski Area

Tūroa Ski Area offers varied terrain and features both Australasia’s longest vertical descent and New Zealand’s highest lift, the six-seater High Noon Express.

The Alpine Meadow beginners’ area is adjacent to a tobogganing area for the kids, while 12 long, groomed intermediate runs suit the upper-level learners.

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A huge range of black and black diamond tracks run alongside two spectacular lift-accessed backcountry areas, so big-mountain skiers will find an ever-changing range of natural terrain features to play on. Extensive on-mountain facilities include two excellent cafés.

Quick facts

  • Where 18km from Ohakune
  • Ski & board 3 terrain parks, snow-filled bowls and steep chutes
  • Season July – October
  • Access road Sealed, carry chains or hire at snowline
  • Ratings Beginner 20%, intermediate 55%, advanced 25%


  • Highest point 2322m
  • Vertical 722m
  • Skiable area 500ha
  • Lifts 1 x 6-seater express, 2 x quad fixed chairs, 2 x triple fixed chairs, 2 x platters, 1 x learner carpet conveyor
  • Lift passes from $149 adults, from $99 kids, discounts for weekday and multi-day, can be used on Tūroa or Whakapapa Ski Area
  • On-field ski/snowboard hire Yes
  • Tuition Snow School Package deals Discover Snowboarding & Skiing packages, Explorer packages, lift and rental packages
  • On-field accommodation No



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