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Mount Ruapehu
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Mount Ruapehu

Mount Ruapehu

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Tongariro National Park, New Zealand, Australia/Oceana

Lat/Lon: 39.18000°N / 175.35001°E

Object Title: Mount Ruapehu

Elevation: 9173 ft / 2796 m


Page By: Kieran

Created/Edited: Feb 16, 2005 / Feb 21, 2005

Object ID: 153697

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Mount Ruapehu is the highest volcano on the north island of New Zealand. Its Volcanic status is currently active and the most recent eruption was an open vent eruption in 1996. Before that was the more expolive and dangerous eruption in 1995.
Along with Ruapehu there are two other volcanoes in the Tongariro National park, they are Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. The most active of the three is Mount Ngauruhoe.
At the summit of Mount Ruapeehu is a crater lake. Which is partly the reason the 1995 eruption was so violent. The 1996 eruption was much less explosive because the 1995 eruption emptied the lake and there was nothing blocking the crater for the 1996 eruption. One of the most dangerous things about the mountain is the water from the crater lake. Slowly the lake fills and water has been ejected out of the crater and onto surrounding glaciers. Causing massive lahars. In 1953 a massive lahar went crashing down the Whangaehu River with no warning. Sometime around 10:15 p.m The lahar filled with ice, boulders and tonnes of water crashed into the weak old concrete pylons of the Tangiwai rail bridge. The lahar totaly destroyed the bridge and there was a train coming. A young man named Arthur Cyril Ellis tried to warn the driver by waving a tourch at the train. The train applied its breaks but not nearly soon enough. 151 people were killed.
The most unique thing of mount Raupehu is its two ski feilds, Turoa and Whakapapa. One of the best ski areas in New Zealand.
Mount Ruapehu is a very easy mountain to climb nearly all year round.
Its not a steep moutain it is basicly just a walk in the park. But when your at the summit the veiw of the three other mountains (Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Taranaki/egmont east of ruapehu) is quite breath taking.
As for climbing the mountain the most common and simple ways of climbing it are simply walking up past the two ski feilds. Not a hard mountain to climb.

Getting There

Tongariro National park is located in the middle of the North Island. The access points are at Taupo and state highway one in Waiouru and Taumarunui on State Highway Four. A road that takes you around the Tongariro national park. Air New Zealand also flies to Taupo.

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When To Climb

December, January, February, March


On the base of the mountain there is a superb hotel called the grand chateau. This place has everything from tennis to a nine hole golf cource. And even a cinema. They have a nice heated indoor plunge pool and a mini gymnasium.
The grand chateau is located under whakapapa ski feild. The largest ski area in New Zealand. Its situated 6km up state highway 48. From Taupo it is 100km to get there which is a 1.25 hour drive. From Auckland it is a 360km drive, which will take about 4.5 hour. From wellington its a 350km drive which will take about 4 hours. From the National Park Train Station its only a 15 minute drive.

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alwynjohnsonCorrect coordinates


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Correct coordinates for Mt Muapehu are 39°17?00?S 175°34?00?E. Current coordinates list the mountain as being in the Northern Hemisphere.
Posted Oct 12, 2009 2:48 am
atavistAllow 3+ more hours to tag the 'summit' (as of 2012)


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"As for climbing the mountain the most common and simple ways of climbing it are simply walking up past the two ski feilds. Not a hard mountain to climb."

Most visitors ride the skilift, then make the short hike up to the crater rim or the shelter overlooking the crater lake. For serious climbers the volcano has much more to offer. The true summit can be accessed by crossing a glacier sitting on a very active volcanic rift. The slide zone of the glacier ends in a 20 meter plunge into a glacier lake. Finally, the true summit can only be accessed via a full pitch of 4th class to easy 5th class rock climbing. There are other interesting peaks and spires scattered about the upper reaches of the volcano as well.

Posted Apr 16, 2012 2:02 am

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