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Annual Tukino Rock Climbing Camp


Annual Tukino Rock Climbing Camp

The Tukino Alpine Sports club is again hosting the annual Tukino Rock climbing camp next January (4-8) at Tukino ski field on Mt Ruapehu.  The camp is an opportunity for climbers to get together to climb mountains, rocks, socialise, explore and enjoy the great outdoors.  It is also a great opportunity for young people and families to get out and try trad climbing.  There are a number of crags well set up with easy access to the top to build anchors and low grade routes (8-14) with plenty of good pro placements.  There are also now plenty of easy bolted routes for those wanting to experience alpine rock cragging!

Getting there

The camp is located at the Tukino Alpine Sports Club Lodge, which is on the eastern slopes of Mount Ruapehu. To get right up to the lodge you will need a 4WD. There is a 2WD carpark on the road up to the lodge and the drive from the 2WD carpark to lodge is about 10 minutes. This makes it a sizeable walk between them. If you do not have a 4WD, it is recommended that you get in touch with the Lodge Manager to see if someone with a 4WD can drive down and pick you up from the 2WD carpark. Some 2WD vehicles did make it right up to the lodge, but this puts your car at risk.


The lodge has 6 bedrooms with differing numbers of bunks in each one. You will need to bring a sleeping bag, but pillows are provided (you may wish to bring your own pillow slip). The lodge has Wifi (for a fee), hot water and excellent cooking facilities. Although the camp runs for nearly an entire week, feel free to come for only part of the camp.


Food is included in the accommodation fee. If you have registered as Gluten Free/Vegetarian etc, this will be provided for. There will be a cooking roster and everyone will take turns cooking breakfast/lunch/dinner for the group based on set recipes. There is definitely enough food for three square meals a day. However, if you want alcohol/chocolate/other treats, you will have to bring that yourself.


There are mainly trad routes on Ruapehu, with some bolted/mixed routes.  There are 143 routes on the  climbnz database with heaps of potential for first ascents of both trad and bolted lines (bring your drill and bolts with you!).

No gear is provided by the camp, so bring as much gear as you can. If you have lots of gear at home, it would be great if you could bring extra gear with a mind to sharing it with other people. If you don’t have much gear, you have a few options. Ideally before the camp you would enquire around friends/family and see if anyone has gear you can borrow. Otherwise at the camp itself you can ask around and try to buddy up with someone with more gear so that you can do as much climbing as possible.

The climbing aspect of the camp is not organised, so feel free to do as much or as little as you like. At the beginning of each day people tend to discuss where they want to go and what they want to do.

Some of the crags are quite far away from the lodge, so bring good tramping shoes.

Other mountain activities

There are various things to explore on the mountain. There is an old plane wreckage and allegedly even ice caves (yet to be located). Quite a few people enjoy a walk up to the summit, so bring an ice-axe and crampons if that sounds like you.

Getting away

The last day of the camp involves cleaning up the lodge. There is a lot of rubbish to take away. If you

leave before the last day of the camp, please take some sacks of rubbish down with you and give them to the local tip.

Things to bring

  • Climbing helmet
  • Climbing shoes
  • Tramping shoes
  • Trad gear
  • Harness
  • Rope
  • Lunch box
  • Warm clothes (it can get cold waiting to climb)
  • Sun protection
  • Wet weather gear
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional: card games/board games, treats, books etc


(NZAC members): $37.50 per night for Adults and $18.75 for under 18years.

To book your place: Tukino (select NZAC Events at Tukino)

Event Info


Tukino Lodge and Ski Field, Mt Ruapehu


4 January 2017 - 8 January 2017




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