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Manawatu Lodge

Situated 500 m west of the top of the Bruce Road, Mount Ruapehu, our ski lodge is available for members and their guests, and approved groups. Click here for directions.

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The lodge can accommodate 32 people, in bunkrooms that sleep between 4 to 6 people. We have all the comforts of home; two lounges, hot showers, drying rooms, ski and board maintenance area, WiFi/Broadband Internet access and all the other refinements to make an enjoyable atmosphere. Most food is provided at the lodge. Those using it share food preparation and lodge housekeeping tasks.

Ski to the door if sufficient snow. Off with the boots, and inside to the warmth of apr├Ęs ski. In the morning a short warm up walk puts you back at the tow, ready to ride up the mountain. No parking or vehicle hassles here.

Relax in the evening; watch the sunset over Mt Taranaki, or play in the snowfield close to the lodge.


For bookings or further information about the Manawatu Tramping and Skiing Club Lodge please contact:

Liz and Hugh Wilde
Email: lodge.bookings[at]mtsc.org.nz (preferred)
Phone: 021 054 2560

Payment by internet banking, is to be made after booking is confirmed.

Lodge rates (to 30 June 2023)

Rates (including meals)Per night
MembersGuests of members
Secondary school students$32.00$48.00
Primary school students$26.00$42.00
Pre-school (3-4 years inclusive)$13.00$13.00

Lodge rates from 1 July 2023

Rates (including meals)Per night
Age (years)as at 1 JuneMembersGuests of members
19+ (Adults)$50.00$75.00
12 - 18 (Youth)$40.00$60.00
5 - 11 (Child)$32.00$52.00
0 - 4 (Pre-school)$0$0
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Group Rates on Application.

How to find our lodge

The lodge is a 15 minute walk from the Iwikau Shelter at the top of the Bruce Road. The track will be covered in snow and ice in winter and is steep and slippery in places. If walking to the lodge in the dark, make sure you have your torch handy.
Put your gear in one large waterproof pack and wear boots or solid shoes.

MTSC Lodge route map
  • Follow the Bruce Road past the Chateau and up to Iwikau Village near the start of the ski lifts.
  • Overnight parking is on the right hand (mountain) side of the road. See the Carparking section below for updated (2020) car parking rules!
  • The track to the lodge starts about 60m down from the Recycling Centre, opposite Day Park 1.
  • Cross the small gully next to the carpark to pick up a poled track heading diagonally upwards parallel to the road.
  • Follow the steps up to the Serac Lodge on top of the ridge (they usually have a powerful light on when it is dark).
  • Continue to the left of the Wellington Tramping and Mountaineering Club Lodge.
  • A small sign (MTSC) marks the start of the poled track which leads you the rest of the way to the lodge.
  • The poled track leads to the right of the Wellington Catholic Tramping Club (WCTC) Lodge, down steps to a small gully, then across a flat section to the Manawatu Lodge.
  • If you are at all unsure of the route, or if the weather is bad (especially in poor visibility) then please phone the lodge before coming across.
  • The lodge phone number is (07) 892-3860.

GPS coordinates

Note: These coordinates have not been verified - use them at your own risk!

Lat: 39degrees 14.258seconds S
Long: 175degrees 33.078seconds E

NZTM (Topo50 maps): 1820195 E 5653750 N

NZMG (older NZMS260 maps): 2730278 E 6215422 N

Car Parking

There are no restrictions on car parking, currently (while in Covid-19 Level 2 and lower).

Proposed lodge alterations

Some changes to the layout of Manawatu Lodge at Mt Ruapehu are proposed. The proposed plans are here. Feel free to contact the Lodge Manager, John Lyttle, to provide feedback.

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