Southwest of Taupo in Whakapapa Village, the Whakapapa Ski Resort has 43 snowboarding runs over 1,400 acres served by 14 lifts with a maximum vertical drop of 800m. The runs are 25% beginner, 50% intermediate and 25% difficult.
The Whakapapa Ski Resort is part of the Mt Ruapehu Ski region which includes both Whakapapa Ski Area and Turoa Ski Area. One lift ticket serves them both, although it is quite a long drive from one side of the mountain to the other. When snowboarding and freeriding internationally, it is important to get a travel insurance policy that covers emergency rescue, medical expense and evacuation. There are many destinations that will not initiate rescue or medical treatment without prior payment or proof of insurance. In many cases, the rescue fees, medical fees or evacuation to a reputable hospital can total tens of thousands of dollars. Plans such as GEOS SAR100 or IMG Patriot Travel Medical Insurance are well worth the per-trip cost of $130 to $200 USD.
Overall, Whakapapa Ski Area is the 6th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 9 snowboarding resorts in New Zealand.