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Checkout the latest pictures of the return station of the new Sky Waka Gondola under construction at Whakapapa. This is going to be ready for the 2019 season and the snow is already falling!!

We're all excited for the upcoming season and our first events are not far away. If you haven't already, get your  ticket for the Rangatira 60th Anniversary party, it will be a night to remember, further details below. 

The booking system opened at the start of April and there was a rush of bookings. If you haven't yet made your bookings be sure to check out the calendar and make the most of the lodges we have at both Ohakune and Whakapapa. 


Ellerslie Event Centre
15th June, 2019
Join us in celebrating the 60th anniversary of Rangatira with a party through the decades! This is a party for everyone from 0-100 years! 

Tickets $95/Adults and $50/Juniors. Includes 2 course dinner, 60th Anniversary T-Shirt and DJ!! See seating plan

Email Trish Oosterbaan to book your ticket or table -
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5pm 19th May, 2019

Come along to the Rangatira Pre-Season Function, catch up with fellow members and get out on snow. There will be presentations from 2018 Scholars and Travel&Co, Spot prizes and Pizza at 6pm!!

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9th June, 2019

These evenings are for EVERYONE who would like to get together with fellow members around the fire with old friends, to make new friends or to get out on the snow. There is also club race training for those interested.
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Rangatira scholarship involves a week of skills training, exploring, meeting other junior club members and great fun! The ‘scholars’ stay free in the lodge and the club funds the week’s tuition with a ski instructor. Open to all junior and youth members aged 12 to 14, skiers. This year it will be held from 30th Sep - 4th October at Turoa.

Please send applications including your name, age, ski ability and why you would like to be part of the 2019 Rangatira Scholarship to 

APPLICATIONS CLOSE Friday 31st May, 2019

We would like to welcome the following new members to Rangatira for the 2019 season. If you see these members round please say Hi!

Stewart Lomax
James Lomax
Earmon Merrick
Rachel Merrick
Harrison Fraser
Liam Presling
Paige Taylor
Chelsea Taylor
Joshua Simmons
Katie Cowden
Talia Flavell
Skyla Flavell
Natasha Bell
John Darby
Noah Darby
Pearle Bell
Maisie Darby
Lee Vertongen
Layla Vertongen
Marlee Vertongen
Sally Vertongen
Erin Jones
Leroy Jones
Cynthia Jones
Elizabeth Burn
George Jollife
Steven Penney
Kaye Penney
Thomas Penney
Isaac Penney
Annabel Penney
Ronny Bilkhu
Kelli Strong
Sophia Nouchi
Fiona Mayhill
Roger Mayhill
Kirsty Mayhill
Fraser Mayhill

All new members are able to login to the booking system to make bookings and update their details at anytime. 


Last season saw an unprecedented number of bookings at our Iwikau lodge due to the amazing snow falls, great weather and the Turoa six seater being temporarily decommissioned.  

Following this and the fact that people are curious to see the new Gondola, our Iwikau lodge is even more popular than ever this year with a rush of early bookings for some peak weekends, especially the popular race weekends during August. If you haven't managed to get into some weekends, don't worry there is still lots of availability especially midweek at Iwikau and midweek and weekends at Ohakune Lodge. 

Ohakune Lodge  has a new one night minimum policy which we would like to trial this season.   This means that you have the option to book either one or both weekend nights at Ohakune lodge.  

We have also moved some key events such as Ladies weekend and Mens weekend to the Ohakune Lodge to show Turoa some love and alleviate some pressure on the Iwikau lodge.

Just a reminder that all members have the option to either wait list for the weekend you would prefer at our Iwikau lodge or Liz our booking officer will try to help find accommodation at a reciprocal lodge on the mountain where possible.

For your reference following is the Rangatira Wait List procedure.

  • Members can choose to be wait listed at Rangatira and need to pay for this.
  • Alternatively members can choose to book and pay at a reciprocal lodge and not be wait listed
  • Or members can choose to pay for both and if a bed becomes available at our club they will need to cancel the reciprocal lodge booking which will be subject to the other lodge cancellation policy’s.

So get on to the booking system and look at some dates or contact the booking officer if you need any help.


And huge thank you to the following volunteers for the March & April Iwikau work parties:

Danielle Cailliau, Gerald Cailliau, Leanne Cailliau, Logan Cailliau, Craig Cleland, Jude Cleland, Greg James Coombe, John Darby, Noah Darby, Charles Dempsey, Shirley Kennett, Liam Morell, Andre Nel, Craig Pope, Joshua Pope, Marysa Pope, Gavin Rees, Russell Rhodes, John Tamis, Mark Fairley, Jason Platt, Pieter Oosterbaan, Trish Oosterbaan
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