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Snow Experiences

Snow Experiences

Skiweekender Tour

Start: Auckland
Finish: Auckland

The ultimate Snow weekender from Auckland! This trip allows 2 full days on the slopes of the mighty Mount Ruapehu at Whakapapa Ski field. We depart Auckland on a Friday afternoon and head south to the central plateau; destination National Park Village, where we have 2 nights included accommodation at Howards Lodge. Along the way, your legendary Driver Guide can book your Lift passes for one of both days as well as booking your gear rental. If Skiing, Snowboarding, Sledging or even sightseeing up on the mountain is your goal for the weekend, we can make it happen!

Skiweekender Trips start on Fridays. Contact Kiwi Experience directly for booking dates and availability.  

This tour starts with pick ups from:

  • Uni Otago House, bus stop at 385 Queen Street - 1:55pm
  • Base ACB, bus stop at 229 Queen Street outside Westpac Bank - 1:55pm
  • The Oakleys Sunglasses store at 99 Queen Street - 2:00pm
  • Kiwi Experience Office, 85 Beach Road - 2.05pm
  • Other pick ups possible upon request 

NZ $289

Day 1Auckland to National Park

We depart Auckland early in the afternoon and travel in the Kiwi Experience Green Mini Bus. The scenic drive through picturesque North Island scenery will include commentary from your Driver Guide, who will organise & book your snow activities for the weekend. Upon arrival at our accommodation, we will enjoy a group BBQ dinner at Howards Lodge.


  • Howards Lodge, National Park

Included Experiences

  • Scenic afternoon drive with rest breaks

Day 2Snow Day

Today you're free to hit the slopes! With a free shuttle operating up to Whakapapa ski field you are free to enjoy the day as you please. Ski and snowboard equipment and lift passes are additional expenses.


  • Howard Lodge, National Park

Included Experiences

  • Breakfast
  • Transfers to Whakapapa Skifield from National Park Village

Day 3 Snow day & National Park to Auckland

Spend the morning back up on the mountain carving up the slopes. We depart National Park at 4:30pm to return to Auckland. A dinner rest break will be made along the way with our estimated arrival back to Auckland at 10pm. 

Included Experiences

  • Breakfast
  • Transfers to Whakapapa Skifield are free from National Park Village
  • The day is yours to hit the slopes!
  • We depart National Park at 4:30pm and return to Auckland
  • Rest breaks and a dinner break are made along the way
  • Estimated arrival back in Auckland is 10 pm

What's Included

  • Travel on Kiwi Experience Green Mini Bus
  • Several pick up points in central Auckland
  • Scenic Drive through picturesque North Island scenery
  • Driver Guide will organise & book your snow activities for the weekend
  • BBQ Dinner upon arrival at Howards Lodge
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Howards Lodge


  • I’m a solo traveller... will I meet other solo travellers?

    Absolutely! The majority of our passengers are travelling solo. Kiwi Experience is a social experience guaranteed to leave with new friends from across the globe.

  • Am I too old/young for Kiwi Experience?

    We welcome the young, and the young at heart aboard our buses, there is no upper limit! There is however a lower limit; you’ll need to be 18 at the time of travel.

  • What are your COVID-19 Health and Safety measures?

    Now that New Zealand has moved to Level 2, bus travel is permitted. We will ensure that we adhere strictly to government guidelines for tourism operators to minimise risk to our travellers, staff and operators.

    What this will mean:

    • We will be doing everything we can to reduce the risk of transmission and we will be playing it safe. Social distancing is possible at all times.
    • Travellers will be required to sign a declaration of health prior to beginning the tour.
    • Surfaces inside the bus will be wiped down regularly.
    • Hand sanitizer will also be available


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