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Travel Guide of Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand by Influencers and Travelers

Mount Ruapehu is an active stratovolcano at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand. It is 23 kilometres northeast of Ohakune and 23 km southwest of the southern shore of Lake Taupo, within Tongariro National Park.

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Mount Ruapehu is one of the active volcanoes on the volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park. It is also the highest peak on the North Island of New Zealand at 2,797 metres. 
The volcano last erupted in the mid-1990s. If volcanic activity permits, it is possible to hike to its summit.

The hike starts at the Whakapapa ski resort. The trail follows a wide path that leads to the start of the chairlift.
Here there are two options: either take the chairlift or continue on foot. 

At the start the trail is not marked at all, so you have to follow the rough directions in the national park brochure. You can see a kind of concrete path that covers the rocks.
Then, the semblance of a path quickly gives way to a steep climb among the rocks. The colour of the rocks will remind you that you are in a volcanic environment. After an hour's climb, you will reach the terminus of the Knoll Ridge chairlift.

From here, two hikes are possible: on the left the Skyline hike and on the right the summit of Mount Ruapehu. 
It's a slow climb, as it's very steep, but the views are magnificent under a cloudless sky and will encourage you.
You can see Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe rising like warts from the rugged plain. The volcanic activity of the area offers us extraordinary landscapes with yellow, orange and red rocks.

After two hours of climbing, you will eventually reach the summit, on the edge of a huge expanse of ice. It is surprising to discover glaciers on top of a volcano: it is the only glacier on the North Island. 

Finally, walk along the ridge to reach the hut which can be seen in the distance. 

The view from the refuge is impressive. It is located at the end of the ridge overlooking the water-filled crater surrounded by snow. The lake can vary in temperature and colour depending on volcanic activity. 
It is also common during major eruptions for the lake to empty in part or in full in the form of a lahar, a huge mudflow. 

The sun sets on a sea of clouds that gradually invades the plain.

If you like adventure and nature, go to Mount Ruapehu.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Mount Ruapehu

Are there any precautions to take before hiking Mount Ruapehu?

Before hiking Mount Ruapehu, be sure to take certain precautions, such as :

  • checking the weather
  • checking the activity level of the volcano at the information centre
  • being well equipped (in case of cold weather, hot weather, or snow)
  • checking the opening of the chairlift
  • having a waypoint

At Mount Ruapehu, the hike is about 7km.

The difficulty of the hike is rather high due to the significant difference in altitude (600-700m).
Moreover, the terrain is bad, it is mainly rocky.
Finally, the hike is almost not marked: you need a map or an app to find your way.

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