Ruapehu Crater lake in winter
On Mount Ruapehu, an active volcano that last erupted in September 2007, amazing volcanic terrain combines with permanent snow and glaciers to provide for a rare and beautiful climb.
One of the highlights is a climb to the Ruapehu crater from where you can gaze down into the geothermal waters of the crater lake. On your way up and down take time to enjoy the truly spectacular views.
Snow conditions / volcanic hazard
Snow conditions / avalanche hazard exist – Alpine equipment and experience required. Check the avalanche advisory before you go.
Chairlifts at Whakapapa Ski Area operate daily, weather depending – check the Ruapehu Alpine Lifts website.
Mount Ruapehu is an active volcano. Eruptions can happen at any time without warning. Know the volcanic risks and what to do in an eruption.
Come and experience the amazing mix of active volcanic and glacial terrains.
A fantastic climb to the heart of an active volcano, this is an unformed route, and requires alpine experience and equipment.
Find out where you can stay, from campsites and a holiday park to hostels and hotels at Whakapapa Village and other local towns.
Make the most of the experience of visiting a live volcano by being properly prepared.
Find out important safety information for the Mount Ruapehu Crater climb.
Tongariro is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. This status recognises the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services for the Mt Ruapehu Crater climb.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
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