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Tukino Ski Field

Ski where the sun shines first!

Tukino has 170 hectares of ski area, over 300m of vertical drop, and great conditions sheltered from the prevailing Westerly winds. 


Nestled on the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand’s North Island, Tukino ski field 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 comraderie of others in our little spot of paradise at Tukino.

Tukino Skifield has 3 "Nutcracker" tow rope lifts in operation, plus Cat Skiing to the top of the field when available. Nutcracker Belts are supplied free as part of your Lift Pass for the Tukino Skifield

Opening Times

  • 9am - 4pm 7 days a week  
  • All Mountain | Early 2020 -  October 2020

Services and Facilities

  • Equipment hire - skis only
  • Mountain shuttle service on request
  • Ski School
  • Cafe and Bar
  • Cat skiing 
  • Snow shoeing 

Ski Field MAP

Ski Field Passes 

All mountain pass information can be found here 


Stay on the slopes at Tukino, comfortable on-mountain accommodation is provided in three modern ski lodges immediately adjacent to the field - you can ski right to your door!The Aorangi, Desert Alpine and Tukino Alpine Sports Club lodges have a friendly, warm atmosphere and full facilities.  For more information on accommodation at Tukino please click here.

Getting there

Head north from Waiouru along the Desert Road for 22.4km or south from Turangi for 46.4km. 

There is a signpost marked "Tukino access road". Turn here and follow this gravel road across the desert for 7km to the 2WD car park (Base Camp). 

2WD vehicles must not proceed past this point. For Off-Road" 4WD vehicles only, the road continues for another 7km up the mountain to the Tukino village. 



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    Mountain Shuttles

    Making it easier to access both ski fields, leave the car behind and hop on a Shuttle.

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    Gearing Up

    Rental outlet options available for both Whakapapa and Turoa.

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