Ideal for School Groups

We accommodate groups of all sizes all year round.  The Crossing Lodge is ideal in its central location for the many summer and winter activities for which the Ruapehu District is re-known.

Why The Crossing Lodge?

  • Safe private rural location away from shops, bars and outside influences
  • Central heating throughout
  • Plenty of space indoors and out
  • Fun funky sturdy interior
  • Large commercial kitchen for self catering, or contract a caterer of your choice
  • Large dining area
  • Easy to find directly off State Highway 4
  • Ample car & bus parking
  • Complete drive through car park for ease of access with buses
  • Separate private quarters for Bus Drivers
  • Central to the Ruapehu District and the many activities for which it is famous
  • Close to Mt Ruapehu & the Tongariro Alpine Crossing


The Crossing Lodge accommodates school groups of up to 80 in private bunk rooms, family units and double rooms. If your school group is over 80 people we may be able to extend occupancy by allocating adults to adjacent accommodations.

We understand that the success of any school trip starts with a good accommodation base. The Crossing Lodge was set up with school groups in mind, the layout allows for separate quarters for Boys and Girls with Adults rooms interspersed for ease of supervision. The spacious dining, lounge and outside areas allow for class time and recreational activities. WiFi is available if desired. Away from outside influences like shops and bars, and with its fun sturdy decor, the lodge affords relaxed supervision in this safe environment. We also have a full commercial kitchen with the option of self-catering or contract a caterer of your choice.

We let you manage your group in a manner you see fit, as if the Lodge were an extension of your school grounds.  We are more than happy to help in any way we can in your planning and preparation to make things go as smoothly as possible and can put you in contact with many of the local activity providers, just ask.

We take mid-week bookings (Sunday night to Friday morning) for school groups.

Minimum group size 15 or standard room rates apply.

If you would like to inspect our facilities or seek more information please contact us.


“The Crossing Lodge is fantastic, affordable accommodation for school groups. Taradale High School has been staying at The Crossing for the past three years to do our annual ski trip. The location is great as you are close to both ski fields and can choose the field with the best weather on the day. Students love the food provided, the friendly staff, the games room, and the movie theater. From a teacher’s perspective The Crossing staff take all the stress out of managing a school group. I would recommend the Crossing Lodge to any school.”

Bruce Woodward
International Director
Taradale High School

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