It's a 4WD road.
You need an "off road" 4WD vehicle to get to the Tukino skifield. Be prepared to fit chains if advised to on the Tukino skifield road status report.

Driving instructions:
Head north from Waiouru along the Desert Road for 22.4km or south from Turangi for 46.4km.

There is a signpost marked "Tukino access road". Turn here and follow this road across the desert for 7km to the Base Camp car park.

2WD vehicles must not proceed past this point. For "off road" 4WD vehicles only, the road continues for another 7km up the mountain to the Tukino village.

Do not attempt to drive up the Tukino mountain road past Base Camp, until you have confirmed the road is open.

Road Information:
The latest status report on the Tukino road can be heard on the snow reports on Peak FM, Ski FM, online at Tukino Skifield Report, or by phoning (0800) 885 466.

Please confirm the road status before heading up the Tukino road, and follow any instructions in the report regarding the need for chains. If you encounter any difficulties on the road contact the Tukino Skifield (06-387,6294) for advice. Note: some cell phone coverage on the Tukino road (including the 027 network) is marginal, so call in advance.

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Tukino, Contact

Web: www.tukino.co.nz
Mountain Phone number: +64 6 387-6294
Phone: 0800 TUKINO (0800 855 466)
Mail: P O Box 1945, Taupo

Early July to Early October

Tukino is a ski club field operated by Tukino Mountain Clubs Assoc.

Lift Info

Whangaehu tow: - 'nutcracker' style, for beginner and intermediate skiers / boarders
Aorangi tow: - 'nutcracker' style, for intermediate and advanced skiers / boarders
Cat Skiing: 340m of vertical runs across untracked sun-faced bowls and ridges for intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders.

We transport you in our snowcat from the top of our Aorangi Tow up to the very top of the Tukino Skifield.

After a short break where you can gaze down accross the Tukino Skifiled to the Rangipo Desert and over to the Kaimanawa Ranges or up to the summit of Mt Ruapehu, we split you up into small groups depending on your sking ability and then our Tukino Ski Patrollers will guide you down some of the best runs on the Tukino Skifield.

For the more adventuresome skiiers and boarders you may have the opportunity of skiing "Terry's Terror" our most popular Double Black run at Tukino. For the less venturesome of you, we will guide you down one of our often untracked ridges or valleys back to "The Wall" (one of our popular Black Runs) or back down "The Gut" to the Whangaehu Tow, Alternetively you can ski back down to the bottom of the Aorangi Tow where you can continue your days activities at Tukino or maybe go back up for another Cat Ski down another one of our magical paths that traverse the Tukino Skifield.

Single Trip Ticket - $35.00
5 Trip Concession Pass - $150.00






Terrain Park


Restaurants & Cafes


Rental Equipment




Mountain Shuttle


Snowco supports;


Chain Hire


  • Base Altitude

    1680 m

  • Highest Altitude

    2020 m

  • Vertical Drop

    340 m

  • Skiable Area

    170 Ha

  • Annual Snowfall


  • Average Snow Depth

    57 cm

About Tukino

Nestled on the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand's North Island, Tukino Ski Field offers the rare combination of adventure and lack of crowds, coupled with the friendliness and camaraderie that's only found on club-operated fields. Tukino is a club ski field, operated and maintained by club members.

This is what skiing used to be like - before hectic lifestyles and commercial interests took over!

Tukino Offers

Downhill Skiing and Boarding
Cat Skiing
Ski Touring
Ice Climbing
Ski, Snowboard Lessons and Ski Rentals
Great value Ski & Stay Accommodation Packages for non-members
Mountain Education Courses
A Ski Development Squad
Club Races and Social Events
Little Mountain Cafe - for coffee and snacks
Typically, more stable weather & snow conditions than on the western side of Mt Ruapehu)
Volunteer Ski Patrol


The Aorangi, Desert Alpine and Tukino Alpine Sports Club lodges have comfortable on-mountain accommodation provided in three modern ski lodges at Tukino. You can ski right to your door!

The Aorangi, Desert Alpine, and Tukino Alpine Sports Club lodges have a friendly, warm atmosphere and full facilities.


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On the Wild Side!

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