Date: 07 August 2012
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
- Volcanic risks in Tongariro National Park
- Te Maari Eruption Hazard Awareness factsheet and escape routes map (PDF, 292K)
- Mount Tongariro's current activity, webcams and volcanic alert bulletins - Geonet website
- What to do in a volcanic eruption - Get Ready, GetThru website
Tracks, huts and roads
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
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|
|Fax:||+64 4 471 1117|
State Highway 48
PO Box 71029
Mount Ruapehu 3951
|Full office details|
Photos and video
- Video footage of the eruption on 21 November 2012 - Geonet website
- Tongariro eruption photos from 21 November 2012 - Geonet website
- Tongariro eruption photos from 9 August 2012 - Geonet on Flickr
- 24 April 2013: Tongariro Alpine Crossing to re-open
- 7 March 2013: Further section of Tongariro Alpine Crossing to re-open
- 16 January 2013: Tongariro National Park track and road update
- 21 December 2012: Tongariro National Park draws large numbers of visitors
- 13 December 2012: Volcanic action likely to mean busy summer in Tongariro National Park
- 27 November 2012: Minister welcomes opening of Tongariro tracks
- 27 November 2012: Tongariro Northern Circuit to re-open
- 23 November 2012: Minister visits Mt Tongariro community leaders
- 23 November 2012: Te Maari Eruption and Tongariro Alpine Crossing Update
- 21 November 2012: Small ash eruption at Te Maari crater
- 16 October 2012: Tongariro Alpine Crossing opening for Labour weekend
- 20 September 2012: Two sections of track on Tongariro to re-open
- 28 August 2012: Red Crater Tongariro Alpine Crossing track to re-open this weekend
- 23 August 2012: Tongariro alert level lowered - phased recovery and re-opening plan underway
- 8 August 2012: Tongariro Alpine Crossing opening will depend on volcanic activity
- 7 August 2012: Mount Tongariro DOC tracks and huts closed until further notice
- 7 August 2012: Volcanic eruption response
- Tama Lakes is a popular alternative walk to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
- News and things to do and see in the Ruapehu region - Visit Ruapehu website