A Great School Camp Location

We cater for groups of all sizes at all times of the year and have had many successful school and tertiary camps. 

Established in 1962 as the first off mountain accommodation in the area, the lodge comfortably accommodates school groups up to 100 in Family Units, Double Rooms and Private Bunk rooms and Dorms, with central heating throughout. If your school group is up to 120 people contact us for other options available.

We understand that the success of any school camp starts with a good accommodation base. 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 requested. Away from outside influences like shops and bars, and with its fun and sturdy décor, the lodge affords relaxed supervision in this safe environment. We also have a full commercial kitchen with the option of self-catering or having us catering for you.

We are in the prime location for mountain activities in Ruapehu and can put you in contact with many local activities providers. We are a year round destination with many summer and winter activities available in the area. Our property is easy to find on State Highway 4, in a rural setting backing onto the Tongariro National Park. We have plenty of outdoor space for students to enjoy with ample parking for vehicles and buses . Our central location allows for conveniently reduced travel distance to all the major attractions of the area.

Our staff are always on hand to help with any queries. We will do everything we can to assist in providing a quality EOTC experience for your students.

Shaun & Leanne (the owners) have backgrounds in business and hospitality and continue to provide a safe and friendly environment where guests can “feel at home” with a focus on the balance between value, quality and simplicity. We invite schools to visit us and see what we have to offer.

We take mid-week (Sunday night to Friday morning) for school groups for both catered and self-catered options.

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


The Crossing Backpackers 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 Backpackers to any school.

Bruce Woodward
International Director
Taradale High School