Skotel Alpine Resort

Mount Ruapehu Motel From $90/night


Check In: 15:00|Check Out: 10:00

100% New Zealand owned and operated.
New Zealand's highest hotel and located within Tongariro National Park.
Rooms for Backpackers to Families.
Restaurant & Bar available.
Snow & Crossing Shuttles leave from the front door and can be booked direct with us.

Skotel Alpine Resort is 100% owned and operated and New Zealand???s highest hotel, located in the heart of the North Island within the Tongariro National Park.

It is conveniently located in Whakapapa Village at the foot of Mount Ruapehu, within 500 meters of Tongariro National Park Whakapapa Visitor Centre.
Hiking trails start directly at the hotel and the Sky Waka as well as the Mount Ruapehu ski field (Jun-Oct.) are a 6km drive up the mountain.
The hotel offers guests a variety of room types, from Backpacker rooms to View rooms of the Tongariro National Park and the volcanic mountain peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu.

The hotel is the ideal base for exploring the UNESCO world heritage park ??? and the many hiking and biking trails in the area. We also offer lunch packages so you won???t get hungry on your adventures.

From the hotel you can walk to Taranaki Falls, Tama Lakes and Silika Rapids and for those up for a day trail walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Shuttles for the crossing can be booked upon arrival and leave from our doorstep.

After an exciting day hiking, biking, skiing (Jun-Oct) or sight-seeing guests can enjoy a refreshing sauna, a relaxing spa (currently under maintenance), or unwind over a drink or a meal at the Skotel Restaurant and Bar.

At the Skotel our friendly, experienced staff have all the information to enable you to design your own adventure.

Find out more about Tongariro Northern Circuit, Tongariro Alpine Crossing and more hiking options ??? click here.
You can also book a wide range of New Zealand tours and attractions via our tour booking partner.

Skotel Alpine Resort offers Free WiFi to guests.
Skotel Alpine Resort is a 3 hour drive from Hamilton Airport, 4.5 hours from the Auckland and Wellington Airports.


  • Barbecue
  • Breakfast Available
  • Cooking Facilities
  • Families Welcome
  • Free WiFi
  • Fridge in Unit
  • Games Room
  • Guest Lounge
  • Hairdryer in Room
  • In-Room Ironing
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Laundry Room
  • Linen Provided
  • Meals Available
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • On-Site Parking
  • Restaurant
  • TV Lounge
  • Wireless Internet

Map & Directions

1 Ngauruhoe Pl , Whakapapa Village, Mt Ruapehu, Ruapehu, New Zealand, 3951


Skotel Alpine Resort is located in the Ruapehu Region on the Thermal Explorer & Volcanic Loop Touring Routes which traverse dramatic landscapes in the heart of the North Island of New Zealand, approximately half way between Auckland and Wellington. Tongariro National Park is about 4.5 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.

Trains to Ruapehu
The Ruapehu region is serviced by the Northern 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 a shuttle from the train to the hotel. There is a charge for this service.

Buses to Ruapehu
Intercity travels directly from Auckland via Taumarunui and stops at National Park Village at about 1pm from where a pick-up is required. There is also a service from Wellington to National Park. Details at


Cancellation Policy

If Cancelled within 72 hours of arrival 100% of the first night accommodation. No-shows - 100% cancellation fee applies. For guests who have checked-in and require early departure - no refund applies.