Your base on Mt Ruapehu

The Skotel Lodge

Located at the base of Mt Ruapehu in the central North Island plateau

Getting To Us

The Ruapehu Region is located in the heart of the North Island of New Zealand approximately half way between Auckland and Wellington. Tongariro National Park is about 4 hours drive from either city. 

Flights to Ruapehu

There are now direct flights from Australia  to Rotorua that bring you directly to the Volcanic Plateau and from there it is only a little over two hours to the Skotel. Cars can be hired at the airports. The Skotel has an arrangements with Eurocar and Budget for special rates.  For more details please email us at

Trains to Ruapehu

The Ruapehu region is services by the Northen Explorer Train service between Auckland and Wellington.  The trains stops at about 1pm at the National Park Township which is about 12km from the Skotel.  We can arrange transport from the train to the hotel.  There is a charge for this service.  For more details and bookings

Buses to Ruapehu

There are two services.  Intercity travels directly from Auckland via Taumarunui and stops at National Park township at about 1pm from where a pick-up is required.  Details at   The Naked Bus company travels via Taupo.  A change of bus is necessary at Turangi but the service comes to Whakapapa Village and the stop is about 300metres from the Skotel front door.  Details at

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