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Mt Ruapehu

| southern shore of Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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| southern shore of Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This review is for those planning a trip to New Zealand and creating an itinerary. This spot is a "shoulda/coulda" result of a flaw in our planning. We shoulda built more time for exploring this park and coulda had a wonderful time here. As it...More

Thank Conanthelibrarian5
Reviewed 1 week ago

There's just something about Mt Ruapehu that makes you want to keep going back, despite the often atrocious weather. On a good day the views are insane, the skiing endlessly entertaining, and the lift lines shortish. It feels like you're on a different planet to...More

Thank MuriwaiJohn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some excellent walks nearby, although allow a couple of days as if it is a foggy day(frequent) you cant see the mountain at all!

Thank WorldTravelerDub7
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Cheated a little by getting two chair lifts a lot of the way up. We were advised not to do the hike to the crater without a guide so didn't. We did the Skyline Ridge hike,which was a walk. I felt like an adventurous mountain...More

Thank Michele L
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

This mountain and the national park it's in is so beautiful! You can see two volcanoes (this one is is one of them) and you also get to go up the mountain. Very good place

Thank Ola S
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We caught the chairlift to the top of where it ends and then hiked to the top of the summit. Quite a grunty uphill walk climbing over sturdy big rocks. There is no track so you need to have an idea of where you are...More

1  Thank 593carla
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Due to the clouds, the views were mesmerizing . As if you were on top of the world! Helicopters were busy building a new ski lift ( I guess) so we had quite the show of seeing them come and go real low over our...More

Thank valerieOhio
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Got the scenic chairlift up first thing in the morning as such a clear beautiful day and views were amazing. Highly recommend. Didn't want to leave!

Thank Shelley B
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

The tour to the volcanic lake is beautiful, but on the way up to the top there is no sign, so you have to take care... just few steps on the the wrong direction and you are lost... we had also a really dangerous moments.......More

Thank Agika901
Reviewed 19 March 2017

I did this walk 2nd week of February 2017 solo. I have walked the Northern Circuit (47km) twice and expected Mt Ruapehu to be exactly the same but a little longer, since they are next door to each other. Big wakeup call! Everything is big....More

Thank AnzacPete
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Hi, I am looking at coming to stay in ohakune or national park and would like to bring my dog. I have found good pet friendly accomodation but does anyone know if there is doggy daycare or pet sitters there to look after my dog while we are up the mountain during the day? It will be the 3rd, 4th and 5th of July 2017
24 May 2017|
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Mt Ruapehu crater climb, am planning to do it during the Queens Birthday weekend (3/06-5/06). Any suggestions on what gear to pack? Thanks.
29 April 2017|
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Response from Rod P | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Jaimies625, I travelled to the Mountain via 'Ski-lift' last March. Whilst I didn't undertake the crater climb, I can certainly let you know that it was quite chilly the higher we went, and the terrain is very rocky... More
Hi visiting mid march,do you need to book for chairlift cheers Mel
12 February 2017|
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Response from RuapehuAlpineLifts | Property representative |
Hi there, no need to book - just turn up on the day of your visit and come buy a Summer Scenic Chairlift Ride from our Vertical Retail Store, which is located at the Whakapapa Base Area. Be sure to check the weather report... More