Snowshoeing in New Zealand’s Central Plateau

Imagine yourself in a winter wonderland in the Central Plateau taking in the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Our exclusive Snowshoeing New Zealand packages are for virtually anyone, offering you the freedom to explore a pristine winter landscape you will never forget.

What is snowshoeing?

Snowshoeing is an adventure in the snow using special snowshoes to prevent sinking in soft snow and provide grip when the snow is hard or icy. It is simply walking in snowy conditions. The snowshoes adjust to almost any boot size, and are very easy to walk in. This is an amazing opportunity to experience traversing through snow in the North Island without needing to be skilled on skis.

Who can do it?

Everyone! Snowshoeing is for kids and adults, beginners and seasoned veterans alike who want to enjoy nature in winter. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. People of all ages and fitness abilities can enjoy this experience as it is not technically challenging, unlike skiing. Furthermore, snowshoeing gives you access to landscapes that go way beyond the limits of the most skiers. Read a first hand account from one of our customers.

What should I expect?

Your snowshoeing guide will pick you up either from the Taupo or Turangi I-Site and transport you to the start of your guided adventure on Tukino’s boutique ski field on Mount Ruapehu. We will provide you with the required snowshoeing equipment, morning tea, and return you home with an amazing winter memory.  The total trip is approximately 6 hours.

What is provided?

  • Return transport from your pick up point – either Taupo or Turangi I-Site
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Over pants
  • Alpine gloves
  • Adjustable walking poles
  • Morning tea
  • Hot drinks
  • A privately guided tour on Tukino – an exclusive boutique ski field.
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What should I wear / bring?

  • Sturdy waterproof walking boots (snow boots are available to hire locally if required from Gordons Outdoor Equipment)
  • Warm thick socks
  • Thermal under layers (wool or polypropylene is best)
  • Warm mid layers (avoid cotton and denim)
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses (essential to avoid snow blindness)
  • Sunscreen ( important as our sun is very harsh)
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • A small day pack
  • Snacks as required

How do I book for a snowshoeing trip?

All of our Snowshoeing New Zealand trips are privately guided for a total wilderness experience. We will find out what your preferences are when you make contact. With that in mind and with consideration of weather and snow conditions, we can design your ultimate Snowshoeing New Zealand experience in the Central Plateau.

Give us a call at +64 7 378 0623 or 0800 252 628, or email

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We've always wanted to experience the mountains in winter but never had the chance because we do not ski. Snowshoeing with Chris Jolly Outdoors was an excellent way to experience the mountains. Highly recommend!

Terri Pullman

We are casual skiers on our ski holiday and decided to do something different. We found out about snowshoeing with Chris Jolly Outdoors and booked in immediately. We definitely experienced some pretty amazing places in the Central Plateau! A once in a lifetime experience not to be missed.

Veronica Gunn

We snowshoe around America a lot so we couldn't pass up the opportunity to snowshoe in New Zealand as well. Great professional guides and a wonderful experience in a magical place.

Marie Cullingham