Tukino Ski Field

Tukino Ski Field

Tukino Ski Field

Nestled on the eastern slopes of Mount Ruapehu, Tukino offers the combination of adventure and lack of crowds, coupled with the friendliness and camaraderie found on club-operated fields.

Beginners can play around on the lower slopes, while intermediate and advanced riders can get a lift on a Snowcat to the top of the mountain, where they’ll be guided down Tukino’s best off-piste by the experienced ski patrollers.

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The field is open to the public and visitors are most welcome to visit Tukino to ski, board or just play around in the snow. Sit back in front of a log fire in the Little Mountain Café and enjoy the scenery and camaraderie of others in this little spot of paradise. 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 in cloud. For early risers, snow conditions are very pleasant in the mornings, thanks to good morning sun. This doesn’t mean slushy snow later though, as Tukino maintains a relatively constant temperature due to being in an open area. On-mountain accommodation is available in three modern ski lodges.

Quick Facts

  • Ski & board Uncrowded, family-friendly slopes , guided off-piste skiing
  • Location 22km from Waiouru
  • Season July – October
  • Access road 14km unsealed, 4WD only, shuttles available
  • Ratings Beginner 35%, intermediate 30%, advanced 35%


  • Highest point 2020m
  • Vertical 340m
  • Skiable Area 170ha
  • Lifts 3 x nutcracker tows plus snowcat pick-up and drop-off at top boundary
  • Lift passes $85 adults, $40 kids, discounts for students and club members
  • On-field ski/board hire No
  • Tuition Yes
  • Package deals Ski and stay deals
  • On-mountain accommodation 3 modern ski lodges


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