Tukino Ski Field is located within the Tongariro National Park on the side of an active volcano Mt Ruapehu. The Department of Conservation (DOC) states Tongariro National Park is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. This status recognizes the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features .”

Located off the Desert Road, Tukino Ski field is unique off piste experience with two rope tows. At times a portable tow and cat skiing may be available. Tukino Ski Field is open to public on the weekends during the shoulder and every day (weather permitting) during the peak time.

To work at Tukino Ski you need to have a passion and energy for snowsports, and a desire to share that passion with others.  You also need to be able to work in a small team and be professional. Having a positive and enthusiastic attitude in a small team means you will be flexible and cover for other staff on their day off or help out when it’s busy.

The Tukino Ski Field is operated by the Tukino Mountain Clubs Association (TMCA). TMCA members are primarily the three clubs located at the Tukino Ski Field (Desert Alpine Club (DAC), Tukino Alpine Ski Club (TASC), and Aorangi Ski Club ASC).

Each winter TMCA employs staff and engages volunteers. Below are the roles currently available this season.

  • Tukino Ski and Snowboard Development Squad - Volunteer Ski Squad Instructor.
  • Aorangi Ski Club Inc. - Lodge Officer.
  • Tukino Alpine Sports Club Inc. - Lodge Officer.

To apply, please forward a copy of your CV and cover letter to employment@tukino.org  For further details, please contact Bonnie Kew, HR Manager, Tukino Ski Field on 027 461 5874.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


What can Tukino offer? 

  • Working within a small team you will see the complete workings of a ski field. 
  • A season pass to Tukino. 
  • Training in the operations of a small club field.


Key dates. Tukino will operate on the following days during the period:

Shoulder Season: 

Open for weekends only (weather permitting) from Saturday 1st July to Sunday 30th July, then again from Saturday 23rd September to Sunday 8th October or whenever the skifield officially closes for the season (whichever is the earliest).

Peak Season: 

Open every day (weather permitting) from Saturday 5th August until Sunday 17 September.


How do I apply?

Applications close early April. To apply please supply a current CV, a covering letter setting out why you want to work at Tukino. Please send your letter and CV to employment@tukino.org.


Do I need eligibility to work in New Zealand?

A valid working visa is required.  In some cases we may be apply to sponsor an applicant but only if we have not been able to recruit for that role from existing candidates with eligibility to work in New Zealand.


Accommodation options.

TMCA is able to offer all workers shared accommodation at one of the three lodges on the Ski Field. This includes meals.. The lodges operate on a communal basis and you will be required to complete duties each day such as cooking or cleaning.


What will be provided?

Any required safety equipment will be provided.


What will I need to bring?

If you are employed we will send you a full list of gear but for your information here is a basic outline. 

Your skis/snowboard, boots, helmet, goggles and poles. Season rentals can be organised at TCB Ski Hire in Ohakune. 

Strong outdoor winter boots. 

If working outdoor ski/snow board jacket and pants along with gear that would sustain heavy work in freezing conditions. 

If working indoors warm comfortable gear. 

Warm hats and a couple of pairs of gloves.

Personal effects.


How do I get there?

The Tukino Access Road is a 4WD only road from the 2WD car park (Base Camp) up to the Tukino Skifield. 2WD Cars can be left at 2WD car park which is 8 kms from the Desert Road (State Highway 1) turnoff. Long term car parking can be arranged at Waiouru for full time staff.

More information about how to get to Tukino click on Getting to Tukino.


Do I need to ski or board?

If you are working outdoor you need to be an intermediate level skier or boarder as Tukino is a challenging off-piste ski area. 

If you are working indoors you can learn to ski/board on the beginner tow.