Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park

#1 of 7 in Nature in 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 Whakapapa, create itinerary details personal to you using our Whakapapa trip itinerary planner.
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  • We used Adrift tours to guide us to the summit of Mt Ruapehu. We took the cable car for the initial section saving us a hour of walking. From there we hiked upward. Over rocks, through snow, along.....  more »
  • What a beautiful area of the world. She is an absolute beauty. Some great walks in the area, and the drive up the mountain and then the Gondola to the ski base area is exceptional (Gondola is quite...  more »
  • Went to mountain at weekend with kids. Weather forced closure of lifts but kids had a blast on the meadow and sledding. There was some great staff working in the area - very happy crew. One standout though a guy named Julius working the pommer lift. Really awesome with the kids and very patient with the novices - even remembered the kids names. Well done!
  • (Whakapapa) Amazing but one time we went and it got very foggy and got lost because tracks are not marked out very well up top. Otherwise amazing views and tracks, especially out west
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