Winter in Aotearoa, New Zealand is not just about wrapping up in warm clothes, drinking hot chocolate and staying cosy indoors. While this is a nice way to fend off the winter chill, there are also plenty of outdoor activities to do that keep the blood flowing, the heart pumping and the excitement levels high. The Taupō region itself has an abundance of activities that are more than worth venturing outside for, including some of the best ski fields that New Zealand has to offer!
The ski fields
Just 1 hour and 20 minutes’ drive from Taupō is New Zealand’s largest ski field, the Whakapapa Ski Area - situated on Mount Ruapehu. With over 65 trails to explore, from beginner to intermediate to extreme, the Whakapapa Ski Area showcases the largest gondola and the highest restaurant/café in the country. It also hosts New Zealand’s best and biggest beginner ski, snowboard and snow play facility, Happy Valley which boasts an all-weather snow making system.
Only 2 hours from Taupō is Mount Ruapehu’s other ski field – the Turua Ski Area. With wide open bowls and chutes, as well as entry to backcountry areas from the top of Australasia’s highest chairlift, the Turua Ski Area is a favourite amongst advanced skiers and snowboarders. Beginners are also welcome on the Turua ski slopes, at the family-friendly, Alpine Meadow – which has a separate tobogganing area.
Where to stay?
Nothing quite beats breathing in the crisp mountain air whilst skiing, snowboarding and/or tobogganing down the snowy slopes of Mount Ruapehu. What makes such an adventure even better is having the perfect accommodation to go back to after a long day out. Offering the ultimate in comfort, The Flying Trout Boutique Lodge is home to three beautifully-decorated luxury suites that can accommodate up to six guests at a time. Overlooking the stunning waters of Lake Taupō, the lodge is just 8 minutes’ drive from the Mount Ruapehi Snow Depot, which provides access to rental equipment, lift passes and shuttle transfers to and from the base of the Whakapapa Ski Area.
With excellent, top-quality accommodation at such a convenient location, The Flying Trout Boutique Lodge is the ideal place to base your stay for your snowy adventures in the Taupō region. So, if you are looking at exploring the slopes of Mount Ruapehi this winter, then secure your accommodation at The Flying Trout Boutique Lodge today. Check out their website here: www.theflyingtroutboutiquelodge.nz
-For info on shuttle services and how to book a one lift pass to both the Whakapapa and Turua Ski Areas, visit: www.mtruapehu.com
-For info on other exciting activities to do in the Taupō region over winter, visit: www.lovetaupo.com
Contact The Flying Trout Boutique Lodge and book direct online today!
Address: 2/41 Mapara Road, RD5, Taupo – 3385
Phone: 07 3789 030
Phone: 0274 587 724