Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park

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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  • August 15, 2017
    Mt. Ruapehu has two main ski fields, Whakapapa and Turoa. Whakapapa is on the National Park end of Ruapehu while Turoa is on the Ohakune side. Both fields are run by Ruapehu Alpine Lifts so the passes...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    Our family was visiting our hometown of New Zealand, and we were staying with some friends in Wellington. For a little thrill, we decided to head out to Mt Ruapehu for a day of skiing. It was by far t...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    We've been here a number of times and each time we get a little smarter (or sometimes not). We generally hire our gear about 30km away in Turangi at the Turangi Ski and Hire place which is always quic...  more »

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