Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park

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Situated within a national park, Mt 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 Mt Ruapehu and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Absolutely stunning views, but beware of much colder weather because of altitude ;) Check out local trails and restaurants. Chateau Tongariro Hotel is a must to see!!! 
  • A "LOTR" must for all entrusted the "mountain of fate". Man gets Gänsehaut.Mit the Ruapehu Alpine lift in 20 minutes at 2200 m altitude.
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  • Visible from far away Mount Ruapehu is well worth an effort to admire it. The road takes you up to the ski resort and then courage
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