Otaihape Alpine Club

Tongariro National Park , New Zealand

Lodge exterior - Mt Ngauruhoe in background

About Otaihape Alpine Club

The club is focussed on providing affordable accommodation with reasonable nightly rates
Whether you ski, board, toboggan, or just play in the snow; our club’s a great place to be.
We warmly welcome new members.

Are you a summer tramper? Then why not use the hut for your base while tramping.

Check out our webiste for more information on the club and how to join.


Lodge exterior - Mt Ngauruhoe in background

Lodge exterior - Mt Ngauruhoe in background

Dining room - with fantastic views of Mt Ngauruhoe

Dining room - with fantastic views of Mt Ngauruhoe

Kitchen - with views of upper Mt Ruapehu

Kitchen - with views of upper Mt Ruapehu

Spacious bunk rooms

Spacious bunk rooms


Booking fees - Mid season

$28 - Adult Full Member weekend
$23 - Adult Full Member midweek
$20 - Child Member & Child Non Member Under 18
$51 - Adult Associate & Non Member
$20 - School group individual

Bookings for ...

Otaihape Alpine Club Features

Our members come from all over the North Island of New Zealand and new members are always welcome.
Check out our web site for more information.

Our club also welcomes schools, groups and Outdoor Education Providers

Focussed on providing affordable accommodation directly on the Whakapapa Ski Field (The only place in NZ where you can stay overnight on a ski field). Ideal for both direct on field, ski in & out access during winter, or, as a base for the variety of outdoor activities (see below) in the Tongariro National Park area.

The nightly rate per person for Groups is $20. Available Sunday to Thursday nights during the Ski Season (30 June to late October), and 7 days for the remainder of the year.

If you don’t find the information you are looking for on this site, please feel free to call one of our committee members on the website contact page.

Otaihape Alpine Club Attractions

The lodge sleeps 20 in 3 bunkrooms of 6, 6 and 8, and is self-catering.

Facilities include

Combined Kitchen/Dining/Lounge
Gas cooker and oven
Separate male and female bathrooms
Drying room
Storage room with ski tuning work bench
TV room (currently DVD only)
Stereo and games
Vehicle and bus parking is available at the top of Bruce Rd and it is a 15-20 minute walk up to the lodge, or 10-15 minute walk down depending on levels of fitness.

Guests bring everything up in back packs (suitcases are not suitable). This provides an educational opportunity in packing ‘essential only’ items which should include adequate footwear for the walk up (we suggest slippers for in lodge) and outer clothing including waterproof gloves and warm hats suitable for all the conditions likely to be encountered – from sunshine to rain and/or snow. (Please check your group bring waterproof coats) With careful packing, most food can be brought up on the first trip, with perhaps stronger people in the group taking a second trip if needed.

Other essential items include

Indoor clothing
Sheet (to cover mattresses)
Pillow case
Sun screen
Mobile phones
Group First Aid Kit
Central Plateau Activities – Day Trip/Activity options –

Skiing/Boarding – Happy Valley for beginners
Department of Conservation parks & recreation -Tracks & walks Ruapehu
Tongariro Crossing – 7-8 hours
Mt Ruapehu Crater – 4 hours direct from lodge
Tama Lakes – 5-6 hours
Silica Rapids – 2.5 hours
Taranaki Falls – 2 hours
Whakapapaiti Hut and Valley – 6 hours from lodge to Whakapapa
Mounds Walk – 20 minutes
Chairlift to RAL café during summer (reduces crater walk time)
Whakapapa Visitors Centre – extensive variety of displays and information on Tongariro National Park, it’s volcanoes and Flora and Fauna www.doc.govt.nz/national-park-visitor-centre
Tokaanu Hot Pools – Pools, plus free thermal walk with many natural steaming mud pools and fumaroles’ (40 minute drive)
Te Porere Redoubt – Historic Maori site (25 minute drive)
Biking – Bike hire from National Park with local mountain bike track options www.kiwimountainbikes.co.nz
Rafting – Tongariro River www.trr.co.nz
Kayaking – Whakapapa River Raft www.adventureoutdoors.co.nz
Indoor Rock Climbing – www.npbp.co.nz/
Caving and links to other activities – www.doc.govt.nz/activities-and-tours/ovt.nz/activities-and-tours/

Terms & Conditions

All bookings are tentative until full payment has been received by the booking officer
Please DIRECT CREDIT full amount due immediately, to account 01-0763-0011824-00
Use your SURNAME as the banking reference.

NOTE: Bookings will not be accepted if you have outstanding Subs or hut fees.

If you have any questions, text Ashton Dempsey on (021 676 530) at any time,
or e-mail bookings@otaihape.org.nz. Ashton will contact you back within 24 hours.

If your question needs an immediate response, feel free to call between 8.00am and 8.00pm.

Please read the Terms, Conditions & Cancellation policy below............

Cancellations Standard season
(All winter except weekends in September and the whole of the 3rd term school holidays) If cancellations are made more than four days before a stay (e.g. Monday night before Friday night stay) then a full refund will be given. If cancellations are made later than this then no refund will be given.

Cancellations High season
(Weekends in September and the whole of the 3rd term school holidays) There is a 50% non refundable component to the hut fees. If cancellations are made more than four days before a stay (e.g. Monday night before a Friday night stay) then a 50% refund will be given. If cancellations are made later than this then no refunds will be given.