Located on the western slopes of Mt Ruapehu, this public hut is owned by Wanganui Tramping Club. It is one of a chain that provide accommodation for those experiencing the joy of tramping the 'Round Ruapehu Circuit'.
Mangaturuturu Hut accommodates ten and is a "Serviced Hut" requiring DOC Hut Tickets, and free to Wanganui Tramping Club Members.
The banner image at the top of the page shows the hut in the valley towards the left, with Lake Surprise top right of centre.
Country Cottage Accommodation, Kaitieke Road, Raurimu
The Wanganui Tramping Club's 'Possum Lodge' is located in a rural setting overlooking native bush, just nine kilometres north of the National Park Township and less that five minutes in from State Highway 4. The Lodge has 2 bunk-rooms accommodating ten plus lawn for tents. It is also equipped with a micro-wave, Zip hot-water, electric stove, refrigerator/freezer, kitchen utensils, a potbelly for bathroom hot water, long drop, and generator for power.
Charges per night:
Adults $10.00, Children $5.00, Families $25.00
For further information/bookings please contact either Bruce Thomas (06) 345 6532 or Tresha Newman (06) 342 4843
Excerpt from Wanganui Midweek: Making Tracks with Billy Tea, 29 June 2016
"Old Man Winter" is knocking at the door and the snow bunnies are looking towards the mountain in anticipation of fun in the snow. Trampers also enjoy venturing up the mountain, renewing their snowcraft skills in coping with all the conditions that winter can throw at them and taking in the difference the seasons bring to the Park.
A great accommodation base not far from Tongariro National Park, is the Tramping Club's Possum Lodge cottage at Kaitieke Rd, Raurimu. Nine kilometres from National Park, it is in a rural setting overlooking native bush. With two bunk rooms to sleep 10 and room for a few more inside plus space for tents on the lawn for extras, it has a microwave, stove, crockery and cutlery, Zip hot water and a pot belly to heat water for showers after a day on the mountain.
After your evening meal, you can unwind by the lounge fire with a game of cards or browse through the bookcase. Non club members are also able to hire the cottage at very reasonable rates and it is a great place for families to relax away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Waterfalls in the area above Mangaturuturu Hut, on Mount Ruapehu, 2018