- Whakapapa - located on Mt Ruapehu's north-west facing slopes, is home to the nation's premier beginner playground: Happy Valley. Whakapapa is renowned for its expansive volcanic terrain, spectacular views of the Tongariro National Park, extensive beginner facilities and vibrant night skiing. Wild, playful and mighty.... Turoa is home to Mt Ruapehu's south-west facing slopes, which are renowned for huge snow bases, unique volcanic terrain, wide trails and epic terrain parks. Boasting NZ's longest vertical descent at 722m, this place is extremely special to local iwi and residents and it's not hard to see why. This full 3-day lift pass enables you to choose from Whakapapa or Turoa.
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