East Side, Mt Ruapehu
Huts are open and operating under COVID19 Alert Level 2 conditions. Check the government website for the latest information on levels and restrictions.
Keeping yourself and others safe
It’s important that visitors take responsibility for their own Covid-19 hygiene and safety:
- If you are sick, stay home.
- If you have cold or flu symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline and get tested.
- Wash your hands, thoroughly and often, using soap you carry with you.
- Keep track of where you have been. Complete the hut book and take a photo for your records.
The New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC) has entered into a partnership agreement with the Tukino Alpine Sports Club (TASC) that will allow NZAC members to book the lodge at member rates. All bookings are done through the TASC, details below.Tukino lodge bookings
This wonderful modern ski lodge located on the Tukino Ski Field is an excellent base for winter mountaineering, ski touring and instruction courses, and a base for alpine rock climbing in the warmer summer months.
Take the turnoff to Tukino Skifield 22.4kms north of Wairoru (46.4 kms south of Turangi). Follow the gravel road across the desert for 7km to the “Base Camp” car park. From this point the road is suitable for 4WD vehicles. At the 10km point there is a locked gate (key available with hut key). Hut is located 14kms from the Desert road. Chains are essential during winter.
More info here.
All NZ Alpine Club members will receive a $5 discount on ski passes (10%) at Tukino.
Some information of note:
-Self-catering is the most practical option outside the winter season. The lodge has ovens, cutlery, fridge etc, so bring your food up in a chilly bin.
-A lodge manager is permanently on-site during the winter season (July-Sept). Outside these times bookings subject to availability of a lodge manager (Note: “Lodge Manager” training weekends are run regularly if you are interested in becoming one).
-The lodge has a minimum booking of 6 people.
-During the summer period (Labour Weekend to Easter inclusive) the lodge is available with the use of a fully equipped kitchen and other facilities upstairs.
POINT (175.614 -39.278)
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