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Mt Ruapehu

Enjoy the spectacular beauty of one of the world's most active volcanoes.

Mt Ruapehu is the largest active volcano in New Zealand. It is the highest point in the North Island and includes three major peaks: Tahurangi (2,797 m), Te Heuheu (2,755 m) and Paretetaitonga (2,751 m). The deep, active crater is between the peaks and fills with a crater lake between major eruptions.

It is 23 kilometres northeast of Ohakune and 40 kilometres southwest of the southern shore of Lake Taupo, within Tongariro National Park. The North Island's major skifields and only glaciers are on its slopes.

Ruapehu has two commercial skifields, Whakapapa on the northern side and Turoa on the southern slope. They are the two largest ski fields in New Zealand, with Whakapapa the larger. The private Tukino field is on the east of the mountain. The season is generally from July to October but depends on snow and weather conditions.

Both skifields are accessible by car and chairlifts, with beginners' to advanced skiing slopes. Limited accommodation and refreshments are available at Top o' the Bruce (the car park at the top of Bruce Road) and at the entry to Whakapapa, and elsewhere on the mountain. Alpine huts are provided for trampers and climbers.

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This is really a beautiful place on the earth. Mount Ruapehu, an active volcano and highest mountain in the North Island, in New Zealand. Mount Ruapehu is located in Taupo Plateau, which rose from 2000 to 3000 meters above sea level, Ruapehu erupted in 1945 to 1946 and again in 1995-96. The volcano is covered with forests under its line of permanent snow cover. On the line, the glaciers of the summit. Inside the crater is a lake that is drained by the river Whangaehu. Ruapehu is the southernmost major volcanic cones in the park.
Map showing Mt Ruapehu

Mt Ruapehu, National Park

Past events at Mt Ruapehu