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Learn a bit more about Snowline, the people, the lodge and our history.


Welcome to Snowline

Please send group booking enquiries to bookings@snowlineskiclub.org.nz

Please send all other correspondence to secretary@snowlineskiclub.org.nz

Mailing Address:
PO Box 5376
Victoria Street East
Auckland 1142

The Snowline Ski Club was formed in 1966 principally by students of the Auckland Technical Institute. The club was then aptly named the ATI Ski Club. Within three years a lodge had been built on Mt Ruapehu on the Whakapapa side of the mountain. The lodge itself was fabricated in Auckland by apprentices at the Auckland Technical Institute, then dismantled and re-erected on site. The club changed its name to the Snowline Ski Club in 1975.

The lodge is the second-to-last building on the left as you travel downhill from the top of the Bruce. The lodge can comfortably accommodate 32 people at any one time, with bunkrooms made up of four or six bunks. There is a large kitchen, dining and lounge area – complete with wood burner fire, which provides ample space for relaxation and conversation, even when the lodge is full. Other facilities available include a drying room, separate male and female bathrooms, lockers, ski/snowboard racks, ski & snowboard-waxing equipment, an outdoor balcony, and of course, many friendly and welcoming members.

The club membership is made up of many families with age groups that vary from 2 years to 82 years. Membership is limited to 250 members so that all members have the opportunity to enjoy the club. Continuous regular maintenance and upgrading is carried out, mainly by members on various work parties throughout the year. All members are encouraged to participate in at least one work party each year. Work parties are generally a lot of fun and a good way to catch up with old friends or make new ones. Voluntary wardens are responsible for organising the duty roster at the club each day and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of those staying at the club. The wardens test things such as fire and evacuation procedures.

Snowline Ski Club Incorporated is a legal entity under the Incorporated Society’s act and has a legal and formal constitution. Like any organisation there is a requirement for all members to adhere to the constitution and the rules of the club. An annually elected committee of 11 members manage the club. The committee always welcomes suggestions and feedback concerning the club.

During the ski season, a Custodian is employed to oversee the physical running of the lodge. Usually, the custodian will cook dinner and be present during the week when a warden may not be available. 

Social events both on and off the mountain are organised regularly. During the season “theme” weekends, such as an Italian or Greek night, are held at the lodge and you are encouraged to become as involved as you feel comfortable. Being a ski club there are of course a number of ski-related events, for example, races, held during the season. Members are also kept involved in the club by way of regular newsletters, and once again, participation is encouraged.


Winter Snow Season at the club

During the snow season a Custodian is employed to oversee the physical running of the lodge. The custodian will cook dinner by 7pm each night of your stay (July-October), and will be present during the week when a warden may not be available.

Social events are organised regularly during the season.  These ‘theme’ weekends such as Mid Winter Christmas, Wine & Cheese weekend, Beerfest, Race weekend and the ever popular Ladies Week are held at the lodge and you are encouraged to become as involved as you feel comfortable.  Some of these weekends include an extra cost, but non-member rates are often discounted too, so check the bookings page for the special booking fee for that weekend.  We think this the best time to come try out the club to anyone considering joining.

Club Races are held every year for your chance to win a ski/snowboard medal and cup.  We also have club sponsorship programs for any Junior participating in any on the mountain race programs during the winter season. 

Members are also kept involved in the club by way of regular newsletter, and Facebook page and once again participation is encouraged.

The Winter rates for accommodation and food are below:

Club Accommodation – Nightly rates

(Includes cooked breakfast, lunch making facilities, cooked evening meal)

Special event weekends$60
Non-members, Mid week$85
Non-members, event weekends$105
Non-members, Weekends$95

Off Season November to June months

Off Season at the club

You may not be able to ski or snowboard but below are some things you can do in Ruapehu!

Mountain Biking

  • Timber Trail Taumarunui
  • 42 Traverse Tongariro Forest
  • Fishers Track National Park Village
  • Marton Sash & Door Tramway National Park Village
  • The Pines National Park Village
  • Bridge to Nowhere Whanganui National Park
  • Whanganui River Road Whanganui National Park
  • Ohakune Old Coach Road Ohakune
  • Te Pepe Bike Park & Pump Track Ohakune
  • Lakes Reserve Ohakune
  • Rangataue Forest Rangataua

Walks & Hikes

  • Guided Tongariro Alpine Crossing                            
  • Lake Rotopounamu North Ruapehu/Turangi
  • Ongarue Spiral, Timber Trail Taumarunui
  • Redwoods Taumarunui
  • Te maire Bush Reserve Taumarunui
  • River Bank Walk Taumarunui
  • Te Peka Lookout Taumarunui
  • Rangaroa Reserve Taumarunui
  • Manunui Bush Reserve Taumarunui
  • Ohinetonga Scenic Reserve Owhango
  • Kaiwhakauka Falls Whakahoro
  • Kakahi Glow Worns Kakahi
  • Taranaki Falls Whakapapa Village
  • Tawhai Falls Whakapapa Village
  • Whakapapnui Stream Whakapapa Village
  • Silica Rapids Whakapapa Village
  • Marton Sash & Door Tramway National Park Village
  • Taupapakarua Falls National Park Village
  • Waitonga Falls Ohakune
  • Mangawhero Falls Ohakune
  • Managawhero River Walkway Ohakune
  • Mangawhero Forest Track Ohakune
  • Hapuwhenua Viaduct, Ohakune
  • Old Coach Road Ohakune
  • Old Blyth Hut Track Ohakune
  • Photographic Walks, Glynn Hubbard Photography Ohakune
  • Lake Rotokura Karioi
  • Makotuku river Walkway & Glow Worms Raetihi

River Activities

  • Jet boat or canoe on the Whanganui River
  • Raft the Tongariro River Turangi
  • Catch a trout at the Tongariro Trout Centre Freedom Fly Fish in the Manganui o te Ao River

We encourage our members to use the club during the off season also.  We don’t have a custodian during the off season but you are able to stay at the club. However you must bring your own food and cook for yourselves.  You will still have access to basic condiments and tea and coffee. 

We can also offer the lodge to clubs and educational groups and school groups during the summer season.  Please see Group bookings at the end of this page.

Simply book through this web site or email bookings@snowlineskiclub.org.nz .

The rates are below.

$20 per person per night members

$30 per person per night for non-members, groups


  • Taumarunui Golf Course Taumarunui
  • New Zealand’s highest golf course, Chateau Tongariro Hotel Whakapapa Village
  • Mini Golf, Schnapps Bar National Park Village
  • Waimarinoa Gold Course Ohakune
  • Waiouru Golf Course Waiouru


  • Tokaanu Hot Pools Turangi/Taupo
  • Taumarunui Farmers Market
  • Owhango Market Day
  • Swedish massage, The Park Hotel National Park Village
  • Waiouru Army Pool
  • Raetihi Country Market
  • View Local art at the Barbed Wire Galley Raetihi
  • Strap on some gun leather, tour the old West Town Ruatiti Valley
  • Picnic at the Ruatiti domain Ruatiti Valley

Other Activities

  • Bungy Jump at Gravity Canyon Taihape
  • Scenic flights over the Tongariro National Park
  • Have a round of Paintball Ohakune
  • Indoor Rock climbing Ohakune
  • Go on a horse trekking adventure
  • Retail therapy, Ohakune-TCB, merino Outlet, Mountain Flair, Opus Fresh Outlet, Snowcentre.

Eat & Drink

  • High Tea, Chateau Tongariro Hotel Whakapapa Village
  • Sunday Roast, Chateeau Tongariro Hotel Whakapapa Village
  • Dinner, Skotel Restaurant & Bar Whakapapa Village
  • Lunch, Furgussons Café Whakapapa Village
  • Breakfast at Station Café National Park Village
  • Schnapps Bar National Park Village


  • Tour the National Army Museum Waiouru
  • Whakapapa DOC Centre Whakapapa Village
  • Vintage car museum Horopito
  • Railway Museum Gallery Ohakune
  • Tangiwai Memorial Karioi

For more information on these activities visit www.visitruapehu.com

Group Bookings

We do take group bookings. You may have the following options:

  1. Accommodation only – $20.00 per person per night, you must bring your own food and cook all meals.
  2. Accommodation for over 32 people group booking – we can also quote on hiring an additional club if your group is over 32 people.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need more information on booking@snowlineskiclub.org.nz