Club-operated Tukino is on Mt Ruapehu's east side, 46km from Turangi and 35km from Waiouru. It’s quite remote, 7km down a gravel road from the sealed Desert Rd (SH1), and you need a 4WD vehicle to get in (or call ahead to book a return shuttle from the 2WD car park, adult/child $20/10). It offers uncrowded, backcountry runs, mostly beginner and intermediate.