How to find the lodge
Head north from Waiouru along the Desert Road for 22.4km or south from Turangi for 37km. There is a signpost marked “Tukino Access Road” near the Desert road summit. Tukino Access Road can also be found on Google Maps. Turn west here and follow this gravel road across the desert for 7km to the “Base Camp” car park. The first km of the road can be rough at times. It is kept this way on purpose. “off road” 4WD vehicles only should be used beyond “Base Camp” to protect the road. The road continues for another 7km up the mountain to the Tukino village. There is a Locked Gate 10.6km from the Desert Road. During the Summer season solid 2WD vehicles can be taken up to the Hut, but be aware of unseasonal snow falls.
Kms, including mountain road
Auckland 415 Hamilton 259 Rotorua 188
Taupo 106 Ohakune 66 Palmerston North 171
Wanganui 163 Wellington 300 Masterton 270