Nestled on the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand’s North Island, Tukino Skifield 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.
The Tukino Skifield is open to the public and visitors are most welcome to visit Tukino to ski, board or just play around in the snow.
This is what skiing used to be like – before hectic lifestyles and commercial interests took over! Sit back in front of a log fire in our Tukino Cafe and enjoy the scenery and camaraderie of others in our little spot of paradise at Tukino.
What Tukino offers you
- Downhill Skiing and Boarding
- Ski & Snowboard Lessons
- Ski Touring
- Ice Climbing
- Ski Rentals
- Little Mountain Cafe - for coffee and snacks
- Mountain Education Courses
- Volunteer Ski Patrol
- A Ski Development Squad
- Club Races and Social Events
- Great value Ski & Stay Accommodation Packages for non-members
- Typically, more stable weather & snow conditions than on the western side of Mt Ruapehu)
Learn to ski or snowboard
Tukino offers ski lessons for anyone from beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Lessons are customized to take advantage of the local terrain and cater to the individual or group needs. See Lessons for more details.
Ski patrol and mountain training
Members and non-members can train at Tukino for NZQA qualifications up to Certificate of Ski Patrol level. In return, participants take part in the Tukino Voluntary Ski Patrol. We always welcome prospective ski patrollers. See Ski Patrol for more details.
Where to hire ski gear
We have a good range of skis, poles and boots for hire at Tukino (sorry no snowboards). See our rentals web page for more details.
Alternatively you can hire your gear off the mountain as you drive up to the Tukino Skifield.
If you need to hire gear off the mountain, we can recommend:
- Gordons Outdoors, Taupo. Phone 07 377-4346
- Pointons Ski Shop, Taupo. Phone 07 377-0087
- Taihape Sports. Phone 0800-SKI HIRE (0800 754-447)
- Tokaanu Ski and Snowboard Hire 07 386-7961
- Turangi Ski & Snowboard Hire. Phone 07 386-8658
Great mountain conditions
The Tukino slopes are sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds and the field is often operating in clear weather when the rest of the mountain is blanketed in cloud.
For the early riser, snow conditions are very pleasant in the mornings thanks to the warmth of the morning sun. This does not mean slushy snow later in the day though, as Tukino maintains a relatively constant temperature due to being in a fairly open area.