Tukino Ski Field is Mt Ruapehu's lesser-known gem. 

Located on the mountain's eastern slopes, in the scenic center of New Zealand's North Island, the Tukino Access Road is off the Desert Rd, between Turangi and Waiouru. 

Four-wheel drive off-road vehicles can drive up to the field and lodges, or our mountain shuttle service can transport you from the 2WD carpark at the base of the mountain. 

 

Tukino Ski Field

Tukino Access Road
(off Desert Rd) 
Tongariro National Park, 4691
New Zealand

0800 885 446
+64 6 387 6294


DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The turnoff onto Tukino Access Rd is from the Desert Rd, State Highway 1approximately:

  • 46km South of Turangi
  • 22km North of Waiouru
 

Lower Car Park

The lower car park for 2WD vehicles is approx 7km from the highway on a gravel road suitable for most vehicles. 

From there you can book our Mountain Shuttle Service to take you up to the field & lodges.

4WD Access ROAD

The 4WD only access road continues a further 7km direct to the ski field, and lodges. 

Please do not attempt to drive up the Tukino mountain road until you have confirmed the road is open.

CONDITIONS

The latest status report on the Tukino road can be heard on the snow reports on:

  • Peak FM 95.8
  • Ski FM 87.8

MOUNTAIN SHUTTLE TRANSPORT SERVICE

If you don't have a 4WD vehicle, or don't wish to drive all the way up to the field, our mountain shuttle service can transport you and your family from the lower carpark.

The affordable service runs on demand during the season, 8.30am-5.30pm, while the field is open. Call when you're at Turangi, or Waiouru, to book a mountain shuttle pickup.

Phone: 06 387 6294

  • $20 adults (return)
  • $10 children (return)

4WD ONLY ROAD TO SKI FIELD AND LODGES

Tukino Ski Field and the lodges are accessible to four-wheel-drive off-road vehicles via the Tukino Access Road when conditions permit.

As mountain conditions are changeable at short notice, you must call to check the road is open, before you proceed past the lower car park.  Use of the Tukino Access Road is at your own risk. 

Before attempting the 4WD access road:

  • Call to check latest conditions
  • Pack wet weather essentials in a carry bag just in case you have to get out of your vehicle for any reason.

Phone: 06 387 6294


DESERT RD SUMMIT

RUAPEHU & NGAURUHOE

UPPER CAR PARK & LODGES

TUKINO FIELD