Photo of Ruapehu
Photo uploaded by Malcolm Hutchinson

Ruapehu is the highest mountain on North Island, one of three volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park. The others are Ngauruhoe (7,516 ft.) and Tongariro (6,457 ft.). Although Ruapehu is the highest of the three, its true dominance comes in the form of mass: It is a great bulky mountain, that rises in a series of ridges to a broad plateau that is its summit. The summit is snow-covered, but holds a warm lake. Ruapehu is active, having erupted in 1988, September 1995, and July 1996. Of its two neighboring mountains, Ngauruhoe is the active one, having erupted as recently as 1977. Ruapehu is an easy climb, and is linked to its neighboring volcanoes by a network of trails, making a traverse of the three major summits in the area a popular trek.

Elevation (feet): 9,175
Elevation (meters): 2,796
Continent: Australia/Oceania
Country: New Zealand
Range/Region: North Island
Latitude: -39.289804
Longitude: 175.561523
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Most recent eruption: 1997
Year first climbed: 1886
First successful climber(s): Professor J. Park's party
Nearest major airport: Wellington, North Island
Convenient Center: Turangi, North Island

Trip Reports

There are 10 trip reports for Ruapehu.

  • Log #6669 - by Roger Fell on July 23, 20043.00 stars
    Just 11 years old at the time. Climbed Ruapehu with my father and a family friend.
  • Log #6670 - by Lee on Jan 24, 20043.00 stars
    I climbed from the Turoa side of the mountain in 4 hours return from the Turoa car park, the recommended time for the climb is 8 hours.Climbing and weather conditions were great. It was an awesome...
  • Log #6671 - by Andrew McCrorie on May 27, 20033.00 stars
    The various peaks (Tahurangi, Te Huehue, Paretetaitonga) are best done in winter or early spring with a good layer of snow, ice-axes & crampons required but normally not a rope. The Pinnacles...
  • Log #6672 - by Joe Green on Jan 20, 20033.00 stars
    Loved it so much we did it twice. First time in lots of cloud/mist with zero visiblity - but at least we managed to get there and back. Second time on a hot sunny day with excellent views across to...
  • Log #6673 - by Mark Eatherley on May 02, 20023.00 stars
    Great day all in snow. Clear blue skies all day long (burned the botom of my nose despite having covered up with sunblock). Satisfying summit, no wind. Climb was steep at the last 20 meters.
  • Log #6674 - by Mangee (aka Jo) on July 13, 20013.00 stars
    A good climb, but the weather closed in, though mist was lovely. A couple of good patches with excellent view further down. As we decended a guy in another party slipped and fell in down the crater,...
  • Log #6675 - by paul moss and ray cheyne on May 14, 20013.00 stars
    pictures at glaciers are nearly extinct!.
  • Log #6676 - by Malcolm Hutchinson on Oct 11, 20003.00 stars
    Winter ascent up the Waihohonou ridge on the northern flank to Te Heu Heu peak in perfectly clear weather. Read the report on my websote at
  • Log #6677 - by Richard Rainford on Jan 03, 19993.00 stars
    Richard Rainford and Marc Underwood climbed Tahurangi 2797m in reduced visibilty on the 2nd of January 1999. Not much of a view at the summit due to cloud build-up. Some areas of ice near summit -...
  • Log #19281 - by jane on Sep 27, 20063.00 stars
    Awesome. An early start, steepish ascent for a while, just amazing views. lunar landscape, fascinating volcanic formations, brilliant pools, scree slope, forest. shame about the masses of people...