Inspired by the traditional Yurt design, artist Bret Gibson has designed this unique yurt ski village, incorporating the original design of the Yurt by Californian designer David Raitt. As a completely modern structure, the new Yurt chalet is uniquely warm and welcoming, and an ideal setting for a ski holiday, as well as a summer adventure base.

Made of standard building materials such as timber framing, cedar and pine, double-glazed aluminium windows, and shingled roofing, and including all modern amenities and whitewares, this dramatic chalet maximizes the effect of its extraordinary circular design to create an environment that is truly remarkable. Landscaped in eco-friendly natural flora and fauna, the chalets also feature Gibson's latest work, New Zealand's largest totem installation, inspired by the local iwi history and culture of the region.


The centrepiece of the structure is its enormous central living area. The ceiling and roofline sit nearly four metres above the floor, with no support beams to encumber the space. The effect of the dome ceiling is truly dramatic, and the skylight allows plenty of light to pour into the spectacular space.

Along the outer rim of the nautilus are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, which can easily sleep eight guests. The common living room area is home to the kitchen, laundry, drying room and fireplace, and boast picture-view windows facing the majestic Mt Ruapehu to the north.

The chalets are fitted with all the modern conveniences and amenities, including refrigerator, stove, microwave, diswasher, washing machine, clothes dryer and ski rack.

Each chalet has a heat pump for the winter months. The quality construction and insulated walls retain the heat naturally and keep things cozy. In summer months, the space is light and breezy, and the north-facing aspect enables every chalet to capture maximum sunlight all year around.

When you're ready to try "living outside the square", take a closer look at the unique yurt chalets at Turoa Yurts.

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