The natural timber deco of Skotel gives it a real Alpine lodge feel, and its spacious rooms that open out onto a small deck make the most of the stunning views of Mount Ruapehu and Tongariro.

With a range of accommodation options from Hotel accommodation, to shared backpackers rooms and small cabins there’s something to suit all budgets and rooms are warm, comfortable and well equipped.

Located on the edge of Whakapapa village right in the heart of Tongariro National Park Skotel is a great base to explore from. The trailhead for the Taranaki Falls and Tama Lakes walks is just to the right of the building, and the main National Park Visitor Centre is a short 5 minute walk down the road.

Also nearby is one of the country’s most popular day hikes, The Tongariro Alpine Crossing. 

What our travellers love about staying here…

  • The friendly communal atmosphere and getting to know fellow travellers
  • Enjoying the home-cooked, hearty meals in the Terrace restaurant
  • The ski lodge atmosphere, you really know you’re in the heart of New Zealands alpine territory