Snow Weekend! #5

[10 spots available]

Adventure Wellington is going to the snow for the fifth trip of the season. Want to learn how to ski/snowboard? Or already a pro in the snow? Join AW on a great snow weekend

This trip is for all abilities, you have the choice between doing your own thing or choosing from different lesson packages

We will ski Whakapapa on the Saturday (weather dependent) and then potentially go to Turoa on the Sunday as it is closer to Wellington


We leave on Friday at 4.30pm from Wellington Railway Station, then drive up to National Park, stopping along the way for something to eat.

We spend the night in Naitonal Park.

On Saturday, after breakfast, we start our adventure up on the mountain in the Whakapapa Ski Area which has extensive beginner areas but also some great stuff for the more advanced

We'll all have lunch at the cafe near the top of Mt Ruapehu!

On Sunday morning we'll spend the day having more fun on the mountain and head back to Wellington around 4pm when the lifts close, arriving back in Wellington around 8pm.

Costs: $180 per person. This covers transportation to/from National Park, accommodation and food:

  • Transport between Wellington, National Park and the ski field ($65 incl. petrol)
  • 2 nights accommodation ($80)
  • Food and drinks ($25; breakfast and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday)
  • Banking fees ($10, non-refundable)

Costs on the mountain are variable depending on what lessons you take and what equipment and lift passes you need. Possible costs are as follows:

  • Discover Package (incl. beginner lessons, equipment and lift passes): $110
  • Lift pass (1 day): $97 or Weekend Pass $184. (Other options available)
  • Equipment Hire (per day depending on package): $40

For a full overview of the different lesson packages and lift passes, see

How to reserve your space:

1) RSVP for the waiting list
2) Pay the required $180 by following the link below to our secure webshop.

Please note:
- to use the webshop you'll need to create a login (if you already created a login you can login to your account immediately)
- you can pay by credit or debit card
- payment becomes non-refundable after 28/06/2013
- the webshop keeps track of available spots, so as soon as you've paid, your spot is confirmed.

The maximum number of participants for this event is 10. The first 10 to pay through the WebShop will be moved to the attending list.  Once the attendance list has reached 10 people I will send out an email and comment on this event. If someone on the attending list decides to drop out I will email everyone on the waiting list to give a chance to get in.


We plan to stay either at Howards Lodge in National Park Village which is a great lodge with good kitchen and lounge or rent a bach

Where we meet: Wellington Railway Station, entrance Waterloo Quay (car park next to platform 9, look for minivans with excited people). Please ensure you are on-time so we can get away quickly

Difficulty: 2/10, basic level of fitness required (for more info, see FAQ)

What to Bring: Warm layers, helmet, hat, gloves, snow jacket, snow trousers, sunscreen, sunglasses / goggles, sturdy shoes with good grip. **avoid cotton and nylon clothing**. Full list will be emailed prior to the trip.

Please note: Conditions on the mountain can be extreme and there is no guarantee the ski fields will be open. This trip will go ahead as we cannot cancel accommodation and minivans on short notice. Don't worry though, being Adventure Wellington, we will plenty of activities to keep us entertained.

If the event is cancelled or postponed, or you change your RSVP to "no" before the date that payments are no longer refundable, then you are entitled to a refund. We cannot transfer your payment to future events. We only refund the event fee, not the mentioned banking fee for obvious reasons. To obtain a refund please email the event host immediately after changing your RSVP. If we haven't received a refund request within 14 days after the event, then the money will be unavailable for refund and will instead be deposited in the AW Spare Funds account, for use which benefit the AW membership. Refunds will be processed within 14 days.

Whilst every possible assistance will be offered, Adventure Wellington Trust, the Trustees, Event Organisers/hosts and members cannot be held responsible for any accident, injuries or losses sustained leading up to, during, or after an event.  

If you no show or cancel after 7pm the night before this event you will have a 'no show' recorded against your name. No shows can lead to you having to leave the group. Please read our Group Rules.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Andy did an amazing job organizing! I would love to go to the next one!

    September 2, 2013

  • Andy K.

    Joanne. I haven't got your number. We are in the base level cafe upstairs

    August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Andy, Thanks again for organizing. The ticket I got from grabone includes a lesson. What time will we get to Whakapapa Ski Area and what time do you think we'll have lunch? I'd like to know so I can book the lesson.

    August 30, 2013

    • Andy K.

      Hi Sanjit. We will likely be skiing at Turoa both days(same company as Whakapapa so passes are valid both sides of the mountain) as much better snow conditions (double the snow depth). Most people seem to take lessons first thing in the morning but from peoples comments it can actually be better to take the lessons late morning as group sizes maybe smaller and therefore you learn more. We normally have lunch around 12 so you would miss it but in past experience it is rare for all 10 people to have lunch at the same time

      August 30, 2013

    • Andy K.

      Oh and we aim to arrive for when the first lifts open (8.30 to 9)

      August 30, 2013

  • Andy K.

    My number is[masked] if you have any issues, let me know if you will be late. Please try to arrive 4.20 ish so we can make a prompt departure at 4.30

    August 30, 2013

  • Andy K.

    Please make sure you have warm clothes (layers are best) and a windproof. Tomorrow it will be cold (a high of -4C) and windy. Things can be rented on the mountain if necessary. However the skiing will be awesome

    August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    See you all this afternoon. This will be a great weekend!

    August 30, 2013

  • Andy K.

    Hi guys can one of you please confirm that you are bringing a sleeping bag so we don't all bring one. Comment on this post. 8 people do not require linen

    August 29, 2013

    • Andy K.

      Ha, fair enough, however there are 2 roll aways or 2 foam matresses to choose from

      August 29, 2013

    • Crista T.

      Ok I will pack my sleeping bag. Great to see my ski buddy is coming...yah.

      1 · August 29, 2013

  • Andy K.

    Jeen, shelley and Jim this the place we are staying in raetihi

    Google will suggest it is slightly quicker to go via Whanganui but I reckon it is best to stay on the 1 at Bulls as if we were staying in ohakune and just drive through ohakune

    1 · August 29, 2013

  • Megan E.

    Hi Andy
    is Karen's spot taken yet?

    August 24, 2013

    • Andy K.

      Yep her spot has been taken

      August 25, 2013

  • Andy K.

    Cool we now have 3 or 4 people offering their cars so will definitely be going up the mountain, so thanks for the offers of help. I have one final booking request for a minibus which I should here from when they open NZ time. Will let you know.

    August 22, 2013

    • Crista T.

      Great news. I am so excited. I have just bought some skis. Bring it on.

      1 · August 22, 2013

    • Jim

      Good for you Crista. Now all you need are some lessons on how to avoid those weirdos on the lifts. :-)

      2 · August 22, 2013

  • Karen G

    Hi waitlist people, I'll probably have to do some overtime that weekend, anyone interested in taking my spot?

    August 11, 2013

    • Shelley M.

      Hi Karen, cheers for offer. I've signed up for rock climbing now that weekend so can't make. Also thinking will go to snow first weekend sept. cheers. S

      August 11, 2013

  • Tomo

    Hi Andy, do you plan another tour in September?! Cheers

    August 1, 2013

    • Andy K.

      Yep will be up in the enxt week or so

      August 2, 2013

  • Crista T.

    For any beginners that need to rent gear and buy lift pass - this is a good deal

    July 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the tip! I got the two day pass, since it includes all lifts, not just beginners.

      July 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      July 25, 2013

  • Andy K.

    Event Now Sold Out. I need a few more details for booking the accomodation Crista, is your +1 friend or partner? Please providee their full name

    Sanjit, Jim, Michelle, Joanna, Shelley, Bonnie please provide surname

    July 22, 2013

    • Bonnie

      Hiya Andy, my last name is Low

      July 23, 2013

    • Michelle

      Hey last name Tohill

      July 24, 2013

  • Andy K.

    Accommodation Booked, looks awesome and even has a pool table

    We are going to stay in Raetihi as the snow was naff at Whakapapa last weekend so didn't want to stay in National Park. We will make a call on the day whether we are going to ski/board at Whakapapa or Turoa on the Saturday dependent on snow and weather conditions

    July 24, 2013

  • Crista T.

    Hi Andy. I wasn't sure how to add a friend on to the rsvp but I have paid for 2 people. So please can you confirm that we are both attending. Thank you.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Paid as well! This is going to be sweeeet!!

    July 19, 2013

  • Joanna

    paid. : )

    July 17, 2013

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