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Mt Ruapehu

Sh1 | southern shore of Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
+64 508 782 7348
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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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  • Very good23%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“chair lift” (31 reviews)
“ski lift” (17 reviews)
“happy valley” (14 reviews)
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Sh1 | southern shore of Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
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"chair lift"
in 31 reviews
"ski lift"
in 17 reviews
"happy valley"
in 14 reviews
"highest cafe in nz"
in 11 reviews
"ski area"
in 10 reviews
"ski fields"
in 11 reviews
"chairlift ride"
in 6 reviews
"skyline walk"
in 6 reviews
"above sea level"
in 6 reviews
"ski destination"
in 4 reviews
"new zealand"
in 25 reviews
"both sides"
in 8 reviews
"winter season"
in 4 reviews
"information centre"
in 6 reviews
"active volcano"
in 11 reviews
"snow board"
in 4 reviews
"whakapapa village"
in 11 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mount Ruapehu is a great place for winter sports or for exploring and hiking in summer. It provides the best ski-fields on the North Island of New Zealand (although the South Island does have better), and also has a multitude of hiking trails that range...More

Thank Ethan B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came into town not knowing anything about it and were directed up the mountain by a helpful lass in the Visitors Information Centre. Spectacular views as we climbed higher and higher until we reached the ski chairs. We took a small walk through to the...More

Thank Duncan S
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

We visited Tongariro National Park to see the 3 peaks in particular Mount Ruapehu. Fantastic views as the sun was shining with only few wisps of clouds. The cone will remind you of Mount Doom as filmed in the Lord of the Rings and you...More

Thank Whitehalltraveller
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

The omnipresent volcanic summit that dominates Tongariro National Park. No matter where you go, or what track you hike, you will find yourself taking photo after photo of this volcano. While in the park, be sure to drive up to the ski resort to see...More

1  Thank IN_Travelers47906
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

As I was recovering from a recent knee injury, I didn't want to trek more than a few kilometres, and this area was just perfect for it. We had a number of choices, and in the end just went to one of the closer huts...More

Thank KerriYarsley
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

Just finished the video of our Mt Ruapehu Crater Climb. It was a spectacular day out. The other-worldly treasures are hidden away until you get to the rim and then it's all on. Luckily there were no rumbles or lahars (this volcano has erupted 60...More

Thank hikingprincess2018
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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

During the summer months the chair lift at the Whakapapa ski area stays open to ferry visitors up (and down!) the side of Ruapehu. This currently costs $35 per person and there is a decent cafe restaurant at the top that you can stop at...More

3  Thank Jobina H
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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Kid's first snow experience at the top of Bruce Road. Decided to forego the chair lifts for an hour's sledding in the snow for $15 per child - a great hit! A shame the restaurant only does cold sandwiches and poor coffee.

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

If you're in North Island then you've got to stop by at the National Park. Near the ski area at Mt Ruapehu there are ski lifts and a mini ski area for the kids, skiing for adults and hiking during the warmer months. There are...More

Thank Rebecca N
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

spectacular especially if you drive up to the visitor center or up to the ski area, it can be seen several different places

Thank jefe8
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Pam M
28 February 2018|
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Response from Rebecca N | Reviewed this property |
You might get a birds eye view from further away with a flight, I know that Mountain Air does scenic flights over the volcano. Sorry, but other than that without walking up there you will only see it in pictures.
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Freesia_77
13 September 2017|
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Response from Rod P | Reviewed this property |
I visited the Mountain in March, and there were still patches of snow about, but no general overall snow cover.
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dpjones73
12 June 2017|
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Response from RuapehuAlpineLifts | Property representative |
Happy Valley beginners area opened on the 3rd June. Further facilities are all snow dependant. Keep an eye on the mtruapehu website for further details and updates. Thanks The Mt Ruapehu Team
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