Dawn at the lodge

Welcome to TASC!

  • Our comfortable lodge is at Tukino Ski Field, on the remote eastern side of Mt. Ruapehu (4WD access).
  • Excellent base for skiing & snowboarding, alpine tramping, photography, rock climbing, ice climbing, mountain biking on the access road, or simply relaxing.
  • Casual visitors and groups welcome! New Zealand Alpine Club members stay at members’ rates.
  • Become a full member from only $70 per annum and enjoy additional benefits including discounted room and ski field rates, access to members’ accommodation, and two free summer nights each year.
  • Become a friend for free, we’ll keep you updated with our newsletter (see side bar).

What does it Cost to Stay with Us

Accommodation Rates 2017

(includes food)
(excludes food)
Members Adult (18 and over) $44.50 $20
 (TASC/NZAC) Youth (11-17) $34.50 $15
Child (5-10) $24.50 $10
Non-Members Adult (18 and over) $67 $30
Youth (11-17) $57 $20
Child  (5-10) $37 $12.50

Children under 5 are free.

About Us

The Tukino Alpine Sports Club is one of only three lodges at Tukino Ski Field, and is situated at 1700m, on the remote eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu.

A winter’s evening at the lodge

We exist to provide affordable and comfortable accommodation on the mountain for our members.

We also welcome casual visitors! We often have groups of non-members staying, both for the outdoor activities and for training exercises.

We think the Tukino area is truly magic. From its position on a ridge, our lodge offers stunning views of Mt Ruapehu to the west and the Kaimanawa Ranges and Lake Taupo to the east and north.

Being on the eastern side of Mt Ruapehu, Tukino enjoys relatively calm conditions, sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds.

Our lodge was built in 1976 and we reckon it’s a bit of a design classic with its funky lines and super solid timber construction. The lodge offers a basic but comfortable standard of accommodation, with a large kitchen and living area, four bunk rooms, four toilets, and two showers.

The lodge uses solar panels and batteries via an inverter to provide the electricity and hot water, and cooking is by gas. The solar system is supplemented by diesel generator to ensure that the batteries are at full charge ready to deliver electricity to the lodge.  Fireplaces provide heating both downstairs and upstairs. One bunk room is set aside for members to book and use at short notice. It’s possible to use the lodge all year round as there is electricity available from the inverter (from the batteries and solar panels) as the solar panels generate electricity all year round.


Skiing near Ruapehu’s Crater Lake

Our lodge is a welcoming and inclusive environment. It is family friendly, and if you have an appropriate vehicle (4WD) you can drive to the front door. For those with 2WD vehicles, it’s normally possible to arrange pick-ups from the ‘base camp’ carpark (winter only).

During peak season (winter ski season), a lodge manager is in residence. Everyone plays a part ensuring the lodge runs efficiently day-to-day, with duties normally shared such as meal preparation and cleaning on a daily roster shared by members and guests alike.

We like to keep everyone up to date with what’s happening at the lodge: latest pictures, first ascents, building improvements, and any other stuff we feel like. Become a friend (see the side bar) and we’ll keep you in the loop with the brief newsletters.