The Mount Ruapehu Ski Area is New Zealand’s largest and has two resorts, one on either side of the mountain.
Snowboarders and skiers alike love Turoa, which features long runs and New Zealand’s longest vertical drop (720m). Most people skiing at Turoa stay at Ohakune, which is only 17km away.
On north western side of the mountain is Whakapapa. It boasts great views of Mt Taranaki and is a popular resort for beginners while still providing challenging runs for more advanced skiers. Whakapapa has its own village on the mountain but many people base themselves at National Park Village, which is only a short distance away.
There are several lift passes available that allow you to ski at both ski areas.