Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park

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Volcano
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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  • Due to the clouds, the views were mesmerizing . As if you were on top of the world! Helicopters were busy building a new ski lift ( I guess) so we had quite the show of seeing them come and go real lo...  more »
  • Got the scenic chairlift up first thing in the morning as such a clear beautiful day and views were amazing. Highly recommend. Didn't want to leave!  more »
  • The tour to the volcanic lake is beautiful, but on the way up to the top there is no sign, so you have to take care... just few steps on the the wrong direction and you are lost... we had also a reall...  more »