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Mt Ruapehu

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Address: | southern shore of Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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t Ruapehu is located in the central North Island of New Zealand. It is home...

t Ruapehu is located in the central North Island of New Zealand. It is home to two of New Zealand's largest ski areas - Whakapapa and Turoa.

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US$25.71*
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Mt Ruapehu Scenic Chairlift Ride
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US$19.98*
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Tongariro Self-Guided Audio Tour
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US$219.61*
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Tandem Skydive in Taupo from 12,000 Feet

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Amazing views

Lucky to have a very sunny, fairly calm day (previous day chair lifts had been closed so worth checking the weather). Went up on the two chair lifts - amazing views - takes about... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lucky to have a very sunny, fairly calm day (previous day chair lifts had been closed so worth checking the weather). Went up on the two chair lifts - amazing views - takes about 15 minutes. Then did the Skyline Walk - quite steep in places with loose stones but plenty of places to stop, catch your breath and take... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mountain looks quite impressive as it dominates all the surrounding area from Lake Taupo south. Snow capped in the middle of summer and relatively chilly at the top of the chair lifts. Journey was worth making for the views and some lunar landscapes.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Whakappa and took 2 chairlifts over Mt Ruapehu's striking volcanic terrain to the cafe which is situated 2/3 up the top of the mountain. There was snow still on the mountain in January but it was mainly covered in volcanic rock from the Mt Ruapehu eruption. We enjoyed lunch at the cafe and did some short walks. The... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely stunning views, but beware of much colder weather because of altitude ;) Check out local trails and restaurants. Chateau Tongariro Hotel is a must to see!!!

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Ipswich, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here in the off peak season with minimal to no snow in evidence....in my mind the best time to visit the area. You can see snow anywhere, but to see the natural volcanic environment is something special. An area sparse of vegetation and fauna with only rocks to form what is a really spectacular area. When we arrived... More 

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Arundel, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having stayed at the Chateau, we went in the morning to the chairlift. Went to the first stage and changed to the second lift. Much older with hard seats and no foot rests. At the top disappointed as to get to the volcano you needed to be young and fit and it was beyond us. Views back were great. On... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good family ride on Chairlift to 2020ft. walked further up a saw some smallsnow fields. Great experience

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New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Friendly and welcoming Maori staff looking after the ski lift. Fun to do winging our way up and over the Volcanic rock with Mount Doom in the distance. Cafe at the top with equally friendly staff, walking and tobogganing at the top.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an ideal place to view the snow besides participating in a number of activities like sking,snow boarding and of course making a snow man.There is a cafe for snacks and coffee.Small children can participate in the sport by hiring sledges to slide on the slopes.

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Auckland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying in Taupo and decided to have a day out at Ruapehu. After a morning on the lower slopes and the Silica Rapids walk, we headed up to the ski area to take a trip up to the top of the ski lifts. There has been a recent upgrade to the first lifts and we took in some... More 

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