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Scoop Images: Whakapapa Skiscapes

Scoop Editor Alastair Thompson is spending this week half-way up Mt Ruapehu, the largest volcano in the central volcanic region of New Zealand’s North Island. The following photos show a variety of different views of the skiing and accommodation areas at Whakapapa skifield.

Whakapapa hut village, aka the “Top of the Bruce”.

Another view of the Whakapapa Village, from the Hut Flat access chairlift. The lake in the background contains water for snow making.

Rock garden snow-making machines.

Half way up the mountain, Hut Flat, in front you can see the waterfall chairlift, currently unskiable and awaiting a big dump.

Rock faces on the waterfall.

Chairlift approaching upper mountain ski area.

The poma tow in front of the cafeteria in the upper mountain ski area.

A view towards Ngauruhoe from the top of the Far West T-bar.

Same view from the top of the Knoll Ridge T-Bar

Hut Flat and Ngauruhoe (viewed from ridge above the waterfall).

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