Mt Ruapehu is the name of the main mountain upon which the two ski resorts of the North Island of New Zealand are situated. It is an active volcano which over time has carved out the most unusual terrain through eruptions to make a huge snowy playground for winter sports enthusiasts. It offers the longest season in the southern hemisphere and the riding and scenery here is incomparable to anything else in the world.
Mt Ruapehu is in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand in the heart of the beautiful Tongariro National Park, home to many settings in Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. The resorts consistently have the deepest snowpack in New Zealand and the longest season in the southern hemisphere, running from mid-June through to early November. Looking at the stats alone, doing a season here is a no brainer.
New Zealand is often known as the adventure capital of the world and the Ticket to Ride home base of Ohakune is a hub of activities. It rarely snows off the mountain in New Zealand so you can spend your down days riding bikes, exploring caves, hiking waterfalls or relaxing in some of the natural hot springs. Whatever your style, Ohakune has something for you.
The town of Ohakune is the hub of the North Island snow scene and the Ticket to Ride lodge is located right in the middle of it all. Everyone on one of the Ticket to Ride programmes will be based in the LKNZ lodge, a mere three minute walk away from bars, restaurants, supermarket, ski shops, skatepark and an indoor climbing wall. It has a very chilled and friendly feel as a town, somewhere where strangers say hello to you as you walk down the street, and everyone fits in straight away. The kiwis are one of the friendliest nations and being based in the North Island means more locals and less tourists!
The lodge itself is fully equipped and homely so you might never want to leave. Facilities include a hot tub, sauna, pool tables, BBQ’s, drying room, laundry facilities, several lounges and fully equipped kitchens. Staying here gets you a home cooked dinner five nights a week and breakfast from the restaurant seven days a week - there’s no going hungry here.
All the rooms are set up as twin share with two beds, lots of storage space, adjacent washrooms, and even come equipped with central heating, which is quite the luxury in New Zealand!