Trip Planner: South Pacific / New Zealand / North Island / Manawatu-Wanganui Region / Tongariro National Park / Mount Ruapehu
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. To visit Mount Ruapehu and get the most from your holiday in Tongariro National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Tongariro National Park trip itinerary planner.
Tours to Mount Ruapehu
Tongariro Discovery Walk BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $229
Duration: 7 hours
Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa - Sky Waka Gondola Return Trip BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $32
Duration: 1 to 4 hours
Tandem Skydive in Taupo from 12,000 Feet BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $183
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Mount Ruapehu Reviews
A must see, the gondola up the mountain is the icing on the cake, you can stay as long as you like up there, several eating/cafe areas. We sat outside and watched people ski and just admire the view. ... more »
The ride up the gondola was extraordinary and beautiful. Hung around for a bit. Definitely will visit again more »
Went to mountain at weekend with kids. Weather forced closure of lifts but kids had a blast on the meadow and sledding. There was some great staff working in the area - very happy crew. One standout though a guy named Julius working the pommer lift. Really awesome with the kids and very patient with the novices - even remembered the kids names. Well done!
(Whakapapa) Amazing but one time we went and it got very foggy and got lost because tracks are not marked out very well up top. Otherwise amazing views and tracks, especially out west
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