Whakapapa Ski Area licence approved: up to 60 years

Whakapapa licence approved

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts received approval in December 2015 to continue operating the Whakapapa Ski field on Mt Ruapehu for an initial term of 30 years and six five year extensions. The new licence was signed by RAL chairman Murray Gribben and the Deputy Director General Partnerships of the Department of Conservation, Kay Booth.

The licence includes all the existing activities, buildings and structures and new plans that have previously been approved for construction.

“This is a fantastic result for RAL, Whakapapa, and our community; the term structure enables our performance to be reviewed at regular intervals and is a powerful tool to enable us to provide the ongoing investment in the major infrastructure required to operate a ski area to a high standard and deliver a unique customer experience,” said Murray Gribben.

“The initial approval in principle, and the more than 700 submissions we got in support of our application, gave us the confidence to continue working on our investment plans. In particular I would like to single out the support we received from Ngati Tuwharetoa who have worked closely with us. Our strengthening relationship will underpin our operations on the mountain. The support from the Ruapehu District Council has also been fantastic”