Central North Island region

Be prepared for ice and alpine conditions

Ruapehu Crater lake in winter

Central North Island map.

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.

Alert/Important notice

 Snow conditions

  • Snow and ice conditions exist. Alpine equipment and experience essential.
  • Avalanche hazard exists. Avalanche equipment and skills required. Check the avalanche advisory before you go!
  • Expect sub-zero temperatures.
  • Chairlifts at Whakapapa Ski Area are open weather depending - check the ski report

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



5 - 7 hr


7 - 10 km

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Central North Island places


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 7 892 3729
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Email:   whakapapa@doc.govt.nz
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