This beautiful lodge is situated at the top of the Bruce Road, at an altitude of 1600m, on the Chateau side of Mount Ruapehu. It provides accommodation for 31 people in 3, 4, 5 and 6-person bunkrooms.
These high-quality facilities include kitchen and dining equipment, a comfortable lounge with a CD player, central heating, hot and cold water, mattresses and pillows. Food is provided but users must take their turn in cooking and general housekeeping. Duty Managers oversee the operation of the building and they rely on the cooperation of everyone staying in the lodge to look after the facilities.
Who can use the Lodge?
ANYONE can stay at the lodge - although SCOUTS New Zealand members are given preference. Scouts and Venturers with Leaders will get first priority on the facilities, Rovers, Leaders and supporters will get next priority. Cubs may only use the facilities during the summer season.
The Lodge is an ideal base for summer activities on the mountain. The Department of Conservation, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts, and many other tourist operators run activities to suit all ages and fitness levels. The Department of Conservation's Tongariro Taupo Summer Programme from the end of December to the end January is a popular way of exploring the area. Many activities can also be done later in the summer season as freedom activities.
How to make a booking - download an "Information and Booking" form below
Summer season bookings may be made at any time. The minimum number of persons for a summer booking is 16, the maximum is 31.
Requests for winter season bookings should be made by 31 March. The Lodge Management Committee will make winter season booking allocation during April with full payment required by the end of May. Winter season bookings made after this date will be subject to availability. During the winter season party sizes may be limited.
Costs are on the form.
Groups - Scouts, School, Youth and Family
ALL groups are welcome to use the lodge. With a youth focus the lodge is well setup for groups of all ages. An indoor climbing wall, pool table, TV with blue ray player, a large seletion of games and books are all there for use after a hard days skiing or for when the mountain weather is just not up to your standard.
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) offer generous discounts on ski/snowboard hire, lessons and lift passes. Just organise what your group will need each day, contact the RAL Groups Coordinators at least two weeks prior to your visit and enjoy some cheap skiing. Check out the RAL Groups Information and pricing here.
> email firstname.lastname@example.org
> download an information and booking form - (Word version)
> download an information and booking form - (PDF version)
> download a RAMS form for your visit to Mount Ruapehu Scout Lodge
> download the winter season booking availability
Check out these usefull links
> MtRuapehu.com - the home page for Whakapapa and Turoa Skifields.
> Whakapapa Snow Report and Webcams
> Department of Conservation - Tongariro National Park.
> METSERVICE 5-day mountain weather forecast for Tongariro National Park.
> METSERVICE Whakapapa Ski Field Report.
> NZ Automobile Association - AA Roadwatch.