Mt Ruapehu is the North Island’s favourite winter playground - but it is equally as enchanting during summer.
Located in the world-famous Tongariro National Park, Mt Ruapehu’s summer activities include volcanic short walks, guided Crater Lake hiking trips, scenic chairlift rides and dining at New Zealand’s highest café.
Volcanic Short Walks
Many hikers and walkers visit the Ruapehu region to experience New Zealand’s most famous day walk – the Tongariro Crossing.
Mt Ruapehu has a number of fabulous volcanic short walks that can be both an alternative or complement to the Tongariro Crossing:
Meads Wall (30 mins)
This easy walk starts near the car park and includes some locations used in The Lord of the Rings.
Skyline Ridge (1.5 – 2 hours)
Ascending to 2300 meters, the Skyline Ridge walk offers spectacular views of Tongariro National Park, Mt Ngauruhoe, Mt Tongariro and Lake Taupo.
Amphitheatre (1.5 – 2 hours)
Beginning at Knoll Ridge Chalet, you ascend to a natural amphitheater before making your way back to the base area at Whakapapa.
Guided Crater Lake Hike
If you prefer longer hikes, the Guided Crater Lake Hike is a full-day walk and cultural experience.
Starting at 1630 meters, you take a scenic chairlift to 2020 meters before ascending to 2670 meters for views of the Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake.
Scenic Chairlift Rides
Scenic chairlift rides are a fantastic family activity during the summer.
Lifts operate from 9am to 4pm daily (weather permitting), and offer spectacular views of Tongariro National Park, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro.
Grab a great value Family Pass - just $77 for 2 adults and 3 children.
New Zealand’s Highest Café
Make sure you visit New Zealand’s highest café – Knoll Ridge Chalet – for bragging rights! Relax with a coffee or indulge in some scrumptious food, all with spectacular views over Tongariro National Park.
For more information on Summer Magic at Mt Ruapehu, visit www.mtruapehu.com/summer.
Whakapapa Ski Area on the north-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu boasts a massive 550Ha ski terrain and New Zealand's premier learning facility, Happy Valley. Visit the renowned Knoll Ridge Cafe, the highest cafe in New Zealand at 2020m above sea level.
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