The Ski Resort
Located on the eastern side of Mt Ruapehu at Tongariro National Park on New Zealand's North Island, Tukino ski field is a club managed ski resort open to the general public. Serviced by two tows as well as an over-snow vehicle, Tukino is known for its untouched and uncrowded slopes, its friendly atmosphere and sunny weather.
The piste breakdown is 35% beginner, 30% intermediate and 35% advanced/expert, with 170 hectares of skiable terrain, and 340m of vertical drop. What's more is that Tukino offers ski and snowboard lessons from beginners to advanced skiers and riders. Both private and group lessons are available. Anyone who has always wanted to give cat skiing a try is free to do so at Tukino ski field. Runs for intermediate to advanced skiers and boarders will make for a day you will always remember.
Three family-friendly lodges with full facilities and a warm, welcoming atmosphere are open to members and non-members for slope-side accommodation: The Aorangi Ski Club, Tukino Alpine Sports Club, and Desert Alpine Club.
- Elevated between 5840 ft and 6627 ft, the Ski Resort is among the 10 highest elevated Ski Resorts in New Zealand. The vertical drop from summit to base is 787 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in New Zealand is 1545 ft. Runs and slopes are therefore relatively short.
- The day pass at Tukino is NZD90 making it one of the 10 cheapest ski Resorts in New Zealand.
- Snow coverage is usually best during August, offering an average snow depth of 39 " at summit elevation and 20 " at the base. Therefore Tukino is among the 10 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in New Zealand.
Infrastructure & Rental
Number of Ski Rental
Located on the eastern side of the mountain Mt Ruapehu (about 35km from Waiouru), the Tukino ski field is accessible with an off-road 4WD vehicle. From Waiouru, head north along Desert Rd for 22km or south from Turangi for 46km.