Turoa Facilities & Services

Turoa Facilities & Services

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Turoa Ski Resort Facilities

Like its sister resort Whakapapa, Turoa Ski Field has it all. There are 3 cafés and restaurants, a medical centre, retail store, rental station, ski & board workshop (great service, we tested them!), snow school, ticket office, toilets and the Yeti Kids Centre.

Turoa Child Care

The Yeti Kids Centre is like a crèche, and a great place for parents to park their kids whilst having some REAL fun. It’s a fully licensed facility (licensed as in licensed to operate as a crèche, not licensed as in licensed to serve alcohol!) and caters for children aged 2 to 5. It is open from 9am to 3.30pm, from Thursday to Monday - so the hardworking educator can have the odd day off.

Ski and Snowboard School

runs a professional snow school, Turoa Snow School, with instructors from New Zealand and all over the world, including Europe and South America. Group and private lessons are available for beginners to experts, and prices are decent and competitive. For example, you can purchase a Rocket Pass, taking you from absolute beginner to competent skier or boarder in just 3 days (now that’s a claim!). It includes equipment, lessons and lift passes and costs NZD 355.00 for adults and NZD 260.00 for youth (2011 rates).

Eating on the Mountain Turoa has 3 cafés and restaurants, one at the bottom of the mountain, one at the top of Parklane Chair, one three-quarters up the volcano. Two of them are licensed, and they all offer views; the higher up, the better the scenery.

Top bill goes to the Alpine Chalet Café and Bar at the bottom of the mountain. It’s a two-storey food haven, with an outdoor terrace downstairs and a nice bistro with a slightly up-market feel upstairs.

Turoa Retail Shop

For a spot of shopping, the mountain offers Vertical Store. It stocks the latest variety of snow and street wear, souvenirs and accessories. The Vertical Store is located at the bottom of the Alpine Chalet. The manager claims her prices are as competitive as any city shop and she gives ski pass holders a 10 percent discount. The catch: it has to be a Season Pass…

Banking Facilities

There are NO ATM facilities at Turoa. However, the mountain accepts Eftpos and most major credit cards, including at the restaurants and cafés up in the ski area.

Ohakune Facilities and Ski Hire

The closest town to Turoa ski field is Ohakune, 17 kilometres down the mountain. Ohakune offers a string of shops, selling anything from bric-a-brac to full-on snow gear. There’s a petrol station, historic converted post-office, numerous cafés, bars and restaurants, including Chinese and Thai take-away, chemist, bottle shop and a well-stocked supermarket selling processed and fresh food.

Ohakune has a great variety of ski shops selling or hiring out ski and snowboard gear....

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Alternatively, you can rent your gear up on the mountain, at Turoa Rental Station, 20 metres from the bottom of Parklane Chair, and a few steps from the bus unloading zone.