The Crossing Backpackers is an old sawmilling site located at Erua Village, and right next to the world famous Tongariro National Park.  This makes us the perfect place to base yourself for skiing and snowboarding in winter and hiking in summer.  New ZealandĀ“s biggest ski fields, Whakapapa and Turoa, are within a short drive from our Lodge. You can access Whakapapa within 15 mins and Turoa within just 25 mins.

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, rated one of the worlds best one day-walks is the perfect choice for an awesome experience on a sunny summer day.

This is a truely unique place to stay!  We look forward to welcoming you.


Dining Out

  • Breakfast: Macrocarpa Cafe, The Station Cafe
  • Lunch: Macrocarpa Cafe, The Station Cafe, Schnapps Bar
  • Dinner:  Eivans Bistro, Schnapps Bar, Macrocarpa Cafe, the Station Cafe
  • Takeaway:  Macrocarpa Cafe 


  • Macrocarpa Cafe & Dairy
  • 4 Square National Park
  • New World Ohakune

Liquor Store

  • Schnapps Bar

Equipment Hire

Hire, sales and service, for summer and winter tramping and winter ski and board

  • The Alpine Centre / Ski Biz
  • Eivans Ski & Board

Petrol Station

  •  GAS station National Park

 Information Centres

  • Macrocarpa Cafe & Dairy
  • Whakapapa Visitor Centre
  • Ruapehu Visitor Centre Ohakune

Postal Centre

  •  National Park Postal Centre at Macrocarpa Cafe & Dairy


  • National Park Primary School