Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park

Situated within a national park, Mount Ruapehu represents not only the highest mountain on North Island, but also one of the world's most active volcanoes. Known locally as the "Pit of Sound," this 2,797 m (9,176 ft) volcano erupted massively in 1945, and rumbled again in 1969 and 1973. A small eruption in 2006 caused a 2.8-magnitude earthquake. Despite continued activity, the mountain's slopes feature two of New Zealand's largest ski fields, offering runs for both beginners and experts. Alpine huts owned by private clubs cater to adventurous climbers and hikers. Check the weather forecast before you go and bring basic survival equipment if you plan to explore on your own. To visit Mount Ruapehu and get the most from your holiday in Tongariro National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planner.
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  • Great for summer hiking, Many trails to be explored on and around Mount Ruapehu, However this is not a great ski field in winter , except for beginners, due to lack of snow and poor conditions, someti...  more »
  • In the National Park Tongariro 3 volcanoes stand out, the Tongariro, the Ngauruhoe and this mountain. It is an active volcano, almost 2800 meters high. We stayed at the Chateau Tongariro so we had a privileged view of the area's volcanoes to get from the village Whakapapa to the base there is good access through an asphalted road. When you reach the base you will find the chairlifts to get to the ski slopes, a confectionery with beautiful views of the surroundings. There are also several paths for trekking of different complexities (including Mead s Wall,).
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  • This is an incredible mountain, most active volcano and highest North Island peak. Relatively straightforward to climb without a guide as path fairly obvious. The Lake is stunning and I much preferred this to anything the Tongariro Crossing had to offer especially as no people!
  • Mount Ruapehu is a great place to go year round. In the summer you can walk up to the ice to cool down, enjoy the walk without expensive winter equipment or have a bite to eat at the Skyline Café. In the Autumn it's much the same, although you probably won't have to walk so far to get to the ice, and there might be some snow. In the Winter there are plenty of Winter sports to do - skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, advanced mountaineering. The Spring is similar to the Autumn in which there isn't much snow, but its still a good walk.
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