This North Island NZ Winter Ski Holiday incorporates the Tongariro National Park. Arrive at Auckland Airport and pick up a rental vehicle. Drive down the middle of the North Island through to the Central Plateau region and to the Mt Ruapehu Ski Area (Whakapapa & Turoa) which takes about about 4 hours.
Mt Ruapehu - North Island Ski Areas - Opening Dates 2012
Dates are subject to weather & snow conditions
Whakapapa - 23 June to 22 October 2012
Turoa - 16 June to 22 October 2012
You can stay at many towns around the Mt Ruapehu boundary including Ohakune, Waiouru, National Park Village, Whakapapa & Turoa Skifield and Turangi.
The slopes of Mt Rupehu are a year round tourist attraction, with it's chairlift operating tours up the mountain in the summer, and providing great skiing on Whakapapa and Turoa skifields in the winter.
A variety of accommodation is available in this region, from budget ski lodges to luxury 5 star lodges.
Ski and few days, take in the sights and party in the bars at night, then after the fun jump back in your car and head back to Auckland, drop off your rental and fly back home.
For more information on this itinerary go here - http://www.nzonline.org.nz/nzo/itinerary/ski-new-zealand-north--island-winter-ski-holiday