"Trek up to the Crater Lake" Mount Ruapehu by kiwi

Mount Ruapehu Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 28 photos

Eruption 25 September 2007

8.15pm 25 Sept 2007 Mt Ruapehu has an unexpected moderate eruption with two or three lahars, not causing too much damage. School holidays saw many groups staying in lodges on the mountain, thankfully no one there was injured. However two climbers sleeping in a hut near the summit were pummeled by rocks and hot water, etc, one of them quite seriously injured. As at 27 Sept the alert remains at Level 2. Ski lifts re-opened, with just one T-bar still closed.

There are two main skifields on Mt Ruapehu. The western side is accessible via Whakapapa Village, Hwy 48.
Another skifield is on the southern side, via Ohakune, and is called Turoa Skifield. This is on Hwy 49.

Climbing to the Crater Rim of Mt Ruapehu.

During the summer there is not much snow around, if any. But walking on what snow there is there, is easier that walking on the rock, so take full advantage of natures "tracks".

Dome Shelter

During the winter months this Dome Shelter is covered and almost buried in snow.

Dome Shelter was badly damaged in the 2007 eruption and has been rebuilt.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Stunning views.
  • Cons:It's only 10 years since the last big eruption.
  • In a nutshell:A very large volcano that has a mind of it's own!
  • Last visit to Mount Ruapehu: Jul 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2007 at 11:20 PM

    Gosh, first cab off the rank - nice pics and clear warnings. Where do you live in N.Z.?


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