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The re-opening of New Zealand’s borders to Australia is a welcome move for Mt Ruapehu’s visitors numbers – and could also help ease the staffing shortage.

RAL CEO Jono Dean says, “Mt Ruapehu is busy gearing up for the winter snow season and by allowing Australians quarantine free trips to New Zealand we will undoubtedly see an increase in visitor numbers, which is great.

“Not only for the mountain but the entire Ruapehu region with visitors pumping much needed money into hotels and motels, restaurants, bars and other activities, as well as offering employment,” Jono says.

The mountain is on the hunt for instructors for the upcoming season and with Australians able to visit again it will open up job opportunities for them as well as locals (check out on

“Our pricing this season is fantastic, especially during the week when it’s perfect to escape the crowds, and the day passes are considerably cheaper than skiing in Australia,” Jono says.

Weekday passes are just $69AUD per day (pending exchange rate at the time) and there’s also some great family packages where 2 adults and 2 youth can ski any day of the week for $280AUD.

Mt Ruapehu’s focus this winter will be on providing really great value to guests and with that a return to running all of the mountain’s lifts and trails.

The mountain offers the longest winter ski season in New Zealand on its two ski fields, Whakapapa and Tūroa.  The Happy Valley beginner slope is scheduled to open on Saturday 5 June and Whakapapa and Tūroa on Saturday 3 July. The season – snow permitting – runs through until Monday 25 October.

“We’re all about encouraging visitors of all ages and skiing and boarding abilities to head up the mountain for some great winter fun and we hope that includes our Australian friends in 2021,” Jono says.

Mt Ruapehu is an easy drive from the New Zealand’s main centres of Auckland & Wellington and close to the popular holiday spots of Rotorua & Tauranga. There are two ski areas on the mountain, Whakapapa and Tūroa, including the New Zealand’s longest and most advanced gondola Sky Waka on the Whakapapa side.

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