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Tukino Ski Field

Quick Facts Board Snowboard-friendly field Ski Avoid the crowds, family friendly Location 28 km from Waiouru Season July – October Access Road 14 km unsealed, 4WD only Price Range Adult lift pass $60 Ratings Beginner 35%, intermediate 30%, advanced 35%

Tukino is a club ski field, operated and maintained by club members. Nestled on the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu, Tukino offers the rare combination of adventure and lack of crowds, coupled with the friendliness and camaraderie that’s only found on club-operated fields. 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! Sit back in front of a log fire in the Tukino Cafe and enjoy the scenery and comradery 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 a fairly open area. On-mountain accommodation is available in three modern ski lodges.

Essentials Highest Point 2020 m Vertical 347 m Skiable Area 170 ha Lift Pass Prices Adult $60, Student $50, Child $35 Lifts 3 nutcracker tows plus snow cat pick-up and drop-off at top boundary On-field ski/board hire Skis gear only (no snowboards) Tuition Yes Package Deals Ski and stay deals On mountain accommodation 3 modern ski lodges, 4-6 bunks