Northeast of Wanganui and north of Ohakune, the Turoa Ski Area has 40 snowboarding runs served by six lifts accessing a maximum vertical of 722m.
The Turoa Ski Area 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, Turoa Ski Area is the 8th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 9 snowboarding resorts in New Zealand.