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East Side, Mt Ruapehu

Mt Ruapehu Volcanic Alert level has been lowered to Level 1.  The 2km exclusion zone that was in place has been lifted. A sudden resumption of activity is more likely than the last time Ruapehu was at VAL 1 due to the recent activity so care is still needed.  For more information from Geonet click here DOC click here.


This mountaineers hut is located high up beside the Whangaehu valley on the slopes on the active volcano Mt Ruapehu. It is a great location for climbing, ski touring and generally exploring this remote area of the Tongariro National Park.



At 2080m, above the Whangaehu River, east side of Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park.
Detailed map below.



Off Desert Rd to Tukino Skifield, then 1.5hrs on poled/cairned route from the road end, 15m marker pole close to the hut.

The hut is not locked. If you have a 4WD and want access through the locked gate, there is a $20 key deposit (see under bookings).

A group x 8 is planning to stay at Whangaehu Hut on the evening of 23rd February 2024, it would be best to plan around this and find another date to stay.


4 double bunks with mattresses (so can sleep 8), water tank, some utensils.

Non-flush toilet only. Poo pots recommended.


Fees are payable here, or to the NZAC National Office, PO Box 786, Christchurch 8140. Rates as from 1 November 2013.

Members $10 per night
Non-members $20 per night



Contact: Len Caley 021 534 251 or email. The hut is open, so can’t be reserved, but by contacting Len first, you will be able to gain access through the ski-field locked gate and get an idea of who else may be using the hut at a given time.

The Auckland Section of NZAC often runs courses and trips in this area. To find out more, please check out their section page.


Location map:

Topo Map


Point Location:

POINT(175.5888176 -39.28243021)

NZTopo50: BJ34 233 487
NZMS260 (old): T20 333 103

NOTE: You need to log in first, when booking, to obtain member rates.

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