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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.


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).



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



No bookings are possible.

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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