Mt Tongariro

Taupo & the Ruapehu Region

Ongoing rumbles are reminders that all the volcanoes in this area are very much in the land of the living. In 2012 Te Maari, a crater on Mt Tongariro (1967m), erupted twice, spitting ash and rocks kilometres into the sky. One rock smashed through the roof of nearby Ketetahi Hut, crushing a bunk bed. The eruption caused a nine-month partial closure of the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

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