Ski and Stay Package bookings – About Tukino

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What to Bring:

Please bring a pillow slip, sleeping bag, towel and torch. (Pillows and some blankets are provided)

Simple wholesome home cooking is supplied for all meals.   Please bring any extra food you may require such as snacks, juice and your own beer or wine if you wish to enjoy a drink after skiing.    

For weekend stays dinner is not included on Friday night.   Please dine before you drive up to Tukino.

Getting There:

We want to make your trip into the Tukino Alpine Village and your stay with us a very enjoyable experience (and a bit of an adventure at the same time). In the interest of your safety (and that of others) please follow these instructions to ensure a safe and enjoyable Tukino Experience.

Everyone coming to Tukino on a Ski and Stay Package and intending to drive up the Tukino Mountain Road to the Tukino Village must phone Tukino 06 387 6294 (from Turangi or Waiouru) for the current road status and conditions before they attempt to drive up the Tukino Mountain Road. This is so that we are aware that you are on your way and can offer you assistance if required.


For your own health and safety getting to Tukino, dress warmly for the trip before you commence up the mountain road.   Ski clothing boots, gloves and a hat are recommended.   You and your passengers may get very cold on the journey.   In case you need to walk the last part of the road please pack all essential items into one pack taking only what you can carry.   All other goods can be collected when the sun is up and/or the weather improves.

The Road:

The Tukino Mountain Road is a 4WD alpine road rising up from 1000 metres on the Desert Road (SH1) to 1700 metres at the Tukino Alpine Village. From time to time especially early in the season, the road may be totally impassable due to snow drifts, even to 4WD vehicles fitted with chains. It is very important that you make yourself aware of the road status BEFORE you attempt to drive into the Tukino Alpine Village. Up to date Road and Skifield Status Reports can be obtained from – Snow Report or the SnowPhone – 06 825 8111 or the Tukino Skifield – 06 387 6294. Shuttle Service:

For those who don’t have a 4WD, or even if you have a suitable 4WD vehicle, you can request our Shuttle Service to pick you and your gear up from Base Camp and drive you up to the Tukino Village. Note that a charge applies for the Shuttle Service. Phone 06 387 6294 in advance of your visit to book the shuttle.

People taking their vehicles up the Tukino Mountain Road are advised that only off-road 4WD drive vehicles will be offered assistance beyond the 2WD drive car park (Base Camp).   Assistance may be declined if you are not carrying (correctly fitting) chains or your vehicle is unsuitable for the road conditions. You must always comply with any other requirements e.g. fitting chains if required. When you phone Tukino for the road status report we will advise you where the best place is to fit your chains (if required).

If the Tukino Road is listed as CLOSED, you must NOT attempt to drive up to the Tukino Alpine Village.

We reserve the right to recover all costs in providing assistance to anyone who attempts to drive up the Tukino Mountain Road when the road is listed as CLOSED.   

All drivers traverse the road at their own risk.   By asking for or accepting any assistance, you are assuming liability for any damage that may be incurred to your vehicle, person or property.   Please be aware that those providing assistance are helpful volunteers, not trained recovery professionals.  

If you are new to Tukino or are unhappy driving up the road on your own, please advise the skifield when you phone for the road status report and we will try to provide you with an escort for you journey. We will certainly assist you as much as possible to make your trip as safe and enjoyable as possible.

The Lodge(s)

When you arrive at Tukino please call in at our Ticket Office/Café. You will be welcomed to you host lodge by the host club’s Lodge Officer. If the Ticket Office/Café is closed, please call into any lodge and ask for the Skifield Manager. He will direct you to your host lodge.

Check out time is 3pm on the day of departure. Please remove all of your gear from your room before this time. You are welcome to use the facilities after 3pm but remember that other people may be moving in. The lodge is to be cleaned and tidied before this time. The Lodge Officer will inform you of the duties to be carried out before leaving.

Any questions relating to your stay in your host lodge at Tukino should be directed to your host club Lodge Officer.   Any questions relating to the operation of the Tukino Skifield or access road should be directed to the Tukino Skifield staff in the Ticket Office/Café.

We welcome you to Tukino and hope that you have a very enjoyable Ski and Stay at “Tukino – Where the sun shines first”


For more information about Tukino:


To contact us directly:

Ski and Stay Package booking enquiries – 0800 TUKINO, (0800 885 466)

Tukino Ski Clubs (where you are staying) – 06 825 8118

Shuttle Service bookings – 06 387 6294


Road and Skifield status reports:

View our Snow Report ( on any mobile device or listen out on Peak FM or Ski FM.