Te Horonuku Mountain Sports Club
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About the Club

Te Horonuku ski club members enjoy great value ski accommodation, right on the ski field at Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu. The lodge sleeps 32 in warm, comfortable 4-6 person bunk rooms, with a warm and friendly club atmosphere. Wherever possible we sleep families and groups together.

The lounge and dining areas are spacious, and offer a great place to catch up with friends, or make some new ones.

The views are second to none, and the deck is a great place to relax and enjoy the apres-ski whilst soaking up the amazing sunset.

  • Ski-in ski-out.
  • Warm bunk rooms for 4-6.
  • Comfortable communal lounge, dining, kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Lockers and ski racks.
  • Drying room.
  • Ski tuning equipment.
  • Games room.
  • Free WiFi Internet.

What do we need to bring?

Bring sheets, pillow cases and towel (duvets, blankets and pillows are provided). Your own skiing and boarding equipment, although if you join, you could get a locker and leave some gear at the club.

What about food and drink?

You don't need to bring anything, but most members and guests bring snack foods and beer and wine, often welcome after a day on the slopes. The pantry is kept well stocked, and breakfast and dinner are included (prepared by members and guests). Should it be inclement weather, you may also have lunch at the club. Tea, coffee, milo and juice are provided.


Member rates per night:
  Weekend* Mid-Week
Adult: $45 $40
Child (<13): $30 $25


Guest rates per night:

  Weekend* Mid-Week
Adult: $80 $70
Child (<13): $45 $40
Student (13-25
with ID):
$55 $50

* Weekend rate also applies during school holidays.

All nightly fees include breakfast and dinner. 


Annual Subs:
Senior (18+): $130/year
Junior (<18): $85/year


Work Party Levy (refunded if you attend a weekend work party): $75/year
One-off Joining Fee:*
Senior (18+): $25
Junior (<18): $0
(2 adults + children)

* 2022 Special Rate. All new memberships are subject to committee approval. 


Te Horonuku Mountain Sports Club History

In the mid-1960s, a group of forward-thinking old school mates hit on the idea of building a ski and mountain pursuits club in the new village at Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu. They inspired other families to share their dream. They raised funds and built Te Horonuku Mountain Sports Club, literally with their own blood, sweat and tears. This was long before helicopter service drops, so the members had to carry all the materials and interior furnishings up the mountainside to see their dream fulfilled.

Our Name

Maori names were popular amongst the new mountain clubs (most were built within an eight year period) as their committees wanted to pay respects to the history of the land.

Tongariro National Park was created in 1887 after Chief Te Heu Heu IV persuaded Maori to give the mountains Tongariro, Ngarauhoe and part of Ruapehu to the Crown rather than have them split up among several owners. On becoming chief in 1863, he took the name Horonuku.