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Visit one of nature's hidden gems on the edge of Mount Ruapehu. Full of unique birds and wildlife, our lodge is short drive to Ohakune, Turangi and Taupo. A great holiday destination all year round. 

Book the Ruapehu Lodge

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Book Ruapehu Lodge online

For questions about Ruapehu Lodge, please contact Forest & Bird’s National Office on 0800 200 064 (then press 3, when the automated message is read out).

The lodge offers warm, comfortable accommodation and is only a short drive from the Whakapapa ski field.

It overlooks the Whakapapanui River and is surrounded by native beech forest with a wonderful view of Mt Ruapehu.

It is close to a range of interesting day walks where you may see native wildlife including whio (blue duck), tomtits, kiwi, robins, tūī, grey warbler, rifleman (titipounamu), bellbirds, fantails, or kererū.

There are cafes and restaurants in the village, which is just a 10-minute walk away.

Here, you will also find the Department of Conservation's visitor centre, which is well worth a visit. For your own safety, please check out all walks and weather conditions with the DOC visitor centre.

About Ruapehu Lodge

Our 32-bed lodge is located just 600 metres from Whakapapa Village at the base of Mt Ruapehu and contains:

  • Three bunkrooms that sleep four people each.
  • One bunkroom that sleeps six people.
  • One upstairs bunkroom that sleep 14 people.
  • Dining room/library with mountain view
  • Drying rooms
  • Separate shower & toilets for men and women
  • Fully equipped kitchen with two fridges
  • Large deck & plenty of parking

The main floor of the lodge is wheelchair-friendly, with a ramp to the entrance and an accessible bathroom.

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Ruapehu Lodge is situated at 1160 metres above sea level at Whakapapa Village in Tongariro National Park.

It is 0.8km above the Chateau in Rehua Place. A road closure barrier and guard house are situated on the Bruce Road immediately before the road turns sharply right and up the hill.

Rehua Place is immediately before the closure barrier, on the left-hand side. Two groups of lodges are situated on Rehua Place about 500m past the turnoff. Ignore the first set of lodges and continue on to the last lodge on the left, standing slightly back from the road. A Forest & Bird sign is outside.

Mt Ruapehu Lodge


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