Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park
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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. Take a look at our Tongariro National Park trip generator to schedule your visit to Mount Ruapehu and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I have been fortunate to have walked Tongariro 4 times... but I had never been on the chairlifts to Ruapehu .. twas stunning !! well done to the happy chair lift people and the staff at knoll ridge. t...  more »
  • Found Mount Ruapehu by accident driving from Roturua to Wellington. Being from Perth Western Australia, the sight of a snow capped mountain (even in late Oct) made us detour to check it out. Couldn't ...  more »
  • I lived not far from here for many years, so was a constant visitor, and Mt Ruapehu (and Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro sitting alongside) never disappoint. Unless of course it's cloudy and you can't s...  more »