Turoa Ski Area
Turoa Ski Area on the southwestern slopes of Mt Ruapehu has Australasia's longest vertical descent and NZ's highest lift, the Highnoon...
Whakapapa Ski Area
Whakapapa Ski Area, on the northwestern slopes of Mt Ruapehu, is NZ's largest ski area, with more than 65 trails across 1050 hectares...
Tukino Ski Area
Club-operated Tukino is on Mt Ruapehu's east, 46km from Turangi. It’s quite remote, 14km down a gravel road from the sealed Desert Rd...
Mt Ruapehu information
Mt Ruapehu (2797m) is the North Island's highest mountain and one of the world’s most active volcanoes. One year-long eruption began in March 1945, spreading lava over Crater Lake and sending clouds of ash as far as Wellington. On Christmas Eve 1953, the crater-lake lip collapsed and an enormous lahar (volcanic mudflow) swept away everything in its path, including a railway bridge. Moments later a crowded train plunged into the river killing 151 people, making it one of NZ’s worst tragedies.
Ruapehu also rumbled in 1969 and 1973, and significant eruptions occur with suspicious frequency. In 2007 a primary school teacher had a lucky shave when a rock was propelled through the roof of a trampers' shelter, crushing his leg. No wonder, then, that the mountain's name translates as 'pit of sound'.