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Lodge location

Ruapehu Lodge is located in the heart of Tongariro National Park, in the ski community of Iwikau Village, at the base of the Whakapapa skifield.

  • 15 minutes drive from Whakapapa Village
  • 5 minutes walk uphill from the car park at the top of the Bruce Road
  • 10 minutes from the ski chairlifts, ski gear hire and ski ticket sales
  • 10 minutes from the ski school  When the snow is good it is entirely possible to ski all the way to the lodge front door.

Getting there and away

  • By car: The lodge is 4.5 hours' drive from Wellington.  Follow directions to National Park, Whakapapa Village and then the Top of the Bruce.
  • By van: In association with Wellington Snow Lovers, there are vans running to the lodge several times a season from Wellington Railway station.  Watch our forum for details.  There are also regular club tramping and alpine trips to the lodge, in club vans.  You can join these trips just like any other club trip.
  • By bus: Nakedbus and Intercity have bus services to Ohakune, National Park and Turangi, with shuttles to take you to Whakapapa Village.  You'll need to arrange a pickup from someone at the lodge for a ride up the last 6 km.  GreatLakeTaupo have some links to bus services (scroll to the bottom of the page). 

Finding the Lodge

The lodge can be tricky to find the first time, particularly in the dark on a Friday night. Note that when the Bruce Road is closed for skiiers, it may still be open for Lodge users. Check with a member of the Lodge sub-committee or Chief Guide in case of doubt.

Map of location of WTMC lodge

Aerial photograph showing walking route from Whakapapa carpark to WTMC lodge

Printable pdfs of these images, showing more of the surrounding area, are attached at the bottom of this page.

Different people find different types of maps useful so here are two other maps showing the lodge location:

And, the following video shows how to find the Lodge, where to park your car, and precautions to take when you walk to the lodge in Winter.

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