The Lodge

Awakino operates a 40 bunk accommodation lodge, situated at 1100 metres on the access road, 300 metres below the field base buildings. This is normally at the limit of the winter snowline, and is accessible on skis from the main field down two side gulleys (Arthurs run and the old access tow gulley). 4WD access is normally available to the lodge, otherwise it is a 30 minute walk to it from the top car park in the valley below.

The lodge has two bunkrooms, and is heated by a combination of coal/wood burners and generated electricity. Full kitchen facilities, dining room, and outside deck with brazier. Bathroom facilities include flush toilets and hot showers. The lodge is original, dating back to the earliest days of skiing in New Zealand. The best thing is that the lodge has NO cellphone coverage, so the modern world can't find you in this mountain hideaway.

Bookings for the lodge, which is normally open on Fridays and Saturdays when the field is open are essential.

The lodge is also a perfect place for other activities, such as mountain instruction courses, and tramping and mountain biking in the summer.