School camps are a tradition of school life in Aotearoa. Stay with us and surround your students with meaningful experiences outside of the classroom in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover outdoor adventures, dramatic landscapes and Māori lore from our affordable lodges.

Staying with us is simple. During winter, our live-in custodians provide three hearty meals daily, and with more than 100 years’ experience of welcoming guests to our lodges, we have an excellent team in place to ensure your school trip runs smoothly.

For more information, or to make a booking contact our office phone 09 377 3856, or email


Choose from four lodges 

Our lodges are located at Whakapapa Skifield, Whakapapa Village and Ohakune.  The two upper mountain lodges at 1,800 metres on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu are accessible by foot, taking about 30 to 45 minutes, when the Rangitira Chairlift is unavailable. Both the lodges at Whakapapa Village and Turoa can be driven to.

For more information on our lodges please visit here.

Why us?

We are the largest ski club on Mount Ruapehu and have the most bunks available to school groups. We are a welcoming club and because we are not a hostel, all guests play an important role in keeping the lodges clean and running smoothly. We offer affordable rates which include meals, warm and cosy accommodation, and a full-time administrator to answer any queries.

Winter rates and availability 2023

School bookings are available between June to October, excluding Friday and Saturday nights, school holidays and our Club Week between 15 and 18 August.

Students: $73 per night catered
Teachers/Parents: $96 per night catered



Will we be the only group staying? Unless you book the entire building, you may be joined by another school, or Ruapehu Ski Club members. We always try to accommodate separate bunk room preferences for teachers and male and female students. Chat with us about your needs.

What duties will the students be required to do? Simple duties are allocated daily, with most taking less than half an hour. They range from assisting the cooks, washing dishes to cleaning the bathrooms.

Do you offer group accommodation during summer? Absolutely. We offer heavily discounted self-catered rates outside of the ski season. Contact our administrator for more information.