Central North Island region

Mt Ruapehu.

Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park

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The Round the Mountain Track is a 4 - 6 day backcountry alpine adventure around the active volcano Mount Ruapehu. It showcases the varied volcanic landscapes and alpine vegetation on the flanks of the North Island's highest mountain.

It is ideal for those seeking solitude, magnificent mountain views and a more remote, backcountry experience. There are six huts with campsites available.

Explore diverse landscapes ranging from mountain beech forest, tussock country and alpine herb fields; to glacial river gorges and gushing waterfalls; and the Rangipo Desert with its wind sculptured sands and volcanic rock.

Round the Mountain brochure (PDF, 159K)

Alert/Important notice

 Winter season

  • Snow and ice conditions possible. Alpine equipment and experience may be required.
  • Avalanche hazard may exist. Avalanche equipment and skills may be required.
  • Sub-zero temperatures are likely.
  • See Winter hiking for more details.
  • Unbridged river crossings required.
  • Whangaehu and Whakapapaiti valleys are lahar paths. It is recommended not to linger in these valleys.

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

 

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Time:  

4 - 6 days

Distance:  

66.2 km
 
 

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Safety

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

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Contacts

 

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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Taupo Office
Phone:      +64 7 376 0072
Email:   taupo@doc.govt.nz
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