Mt Tongariro eruption

Learn about the eruptions from the Te Maari craters on the northern slopes of Mt Tongariro in 2012, what tracks and facilities were affected, and DOC's response.

Volcanic hazard zone and risks

Tracks, huts and roads

All tracks in the Tongariro National Park, including the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit are open.

All roads in the Tongariro National Park, including both Mangatepopo and Ketetahi roads and parking areas, are open.

Mangatepopo, Oturere and Waihohonu huts and campsites are open. Ketetahi hut and campsite are no longer available for accommodation following damage from the eruption - the hut is a shelter for day hikers only.

What happened in the 2012 eruptions?

Te Maari crater eruption on Mt Tongariro, 21 November 2012.
Te Maari crater eruption on Mt Tongariro, 21 November 2012

The Te Maari craters on the northern slopes of Mount Tongariro erupted twice in 2012, on 6 August and on 21 November. Also on 14 October, there was a small lahar/debris flow from near the eruption site down to State Highway 46.

Flying rocks in the August eruption caused some damage to the Ketetahi Hut and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track. The November eruption was ash clouds only, there were no flying rocks. Nobody was hurt during the eruption activity.

Read the media releases below about the partial closures during this period of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit tracks and huts.


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 7 892 3729
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
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