Whakapapa Ski Field Lodge
Ideally situated to let you ski or snowboard, the Hutt Valley Tramping Club Whakapapa Skifield Lodge is situated on Hut Ridge, at the top of Tennants Gully above Iwikau Village. Its grid reference on the Ruapehu (T20) 1:50 000 topographical map is 309149 (on the new Topo 50 Sheet BJ34 Mt. Ruapehu, Grid Ref is 2078 5335) and can be easily located using the linked Hut location map. To reach the Lodge from the Top o’ the Bruce car park takes about half an hour’s walk up the recommended route shown on the map. The lodge is also a handy 5 minute walk from the Waterfall Chairlift.
Electrically heated throughout, the Lodge's five modern bunkrooms (built summer 2011/12) can sleep up to a total of 28 people. While mattresses and pillows are provided you will need to bring your own pillowcase and sleeping bag. In the bunkrooms there are open lockers for your gear. Lockers are available for hire to store your skis, boots and other clothes and equipment .The hire rates are listed in the linked Information Sheet. This backpacker-type accommodation makes our Lodge a perfect base for an exciting stay at any time of year. We welcome skiers, snow boarders, trampers, school and social groups and all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. The entrance foyer of the Lodge contains ski and snowboard storage, immediately adjacent to the drying room. The workshop area provides the tools for ski waxing and equipment repairs. Separate men’s and women’s washrooms each have two showers, two toilets and hot and cold water.Upstairs the comfortable lounge/dining area has seating for the total number that the Lodge is allowed to accommodate, and access onto the deck where you can see Tongariro and Ngauruhoe.
The kitchen is equipped with electric ovens, together with all the plates, cutlery and cooking utensils you might need, including muffin trays, yoghurt makers etc. Virtually all food is supplied. The only food that visitors are asked to supply are bread and vegetables and optional items such as fruit and liquid refreshments. The food supply system is described in the linked Information Sheet. A telephone is available for receiving incoming calls.
- Hutt Valley Lodge – Booking System and Rates
While our Club organises trips for Club groups which include young families, university-aged family members and veteran members, we welcome the use of our Lodge by outside groups. The outside groups who regularly use our Lodge include schools, colleges and the Mountain Safety
Council. If you have a group of friends or belong to an organisation that would enjoy spending time on the North Island’s most popular mountain, we will be happy to accommodate you. You will have the chance to meet some great folk from our Club and other visitors. The rates for outside groups are listed on the Information Sheet.
The Club organises trips for young families, university-aged Club members and Club veterans. Each winter we also run two Alpine Training weekends, where Club members and friends are given instruction in the techniques for being safe on snow and enjoyingyourselfthere. Transport to the mountain may be in the Club van or, more usually, in private cars. To prepare for the walk to the Lodge you should have with you in the van or car warm clothes, parka, boots, gloves, hat and torch (with fresh batteries). You may need overtrousers if it is wet or windy. If you are in the van you can change during the final drive up from the Chateau, otherwise you can use the changing room provided by Ruapehu Alpine Lifts, next to the car park. Once you have arrived, donned your gear and retrieved your pack, you walk with your group to the Hutt Valley Lodge. If you are new it is extremely important that you stay with someone who knows the way.