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Step onto the side of NZ’s largest active volcano, Mt Ruapehu.  Situated within a dual World Heritage National Park, this spiritually and culturally significant maunga (mountain) is the highest in the North Island.  You will be awestruck at the inspiring views and geological features when you take a scenic ride on two chairlifts to Knoll Ridge, NZ’s highest café.  Sip on a latte or indulge in a glass of wine while you absorb the unlimted vista, hike the unique volcanic trails or learn about the history and stories of the maunga.

Scenic Chairlift Ride

Ride two chairlifts over Mt Ruapehu's striking volcanic terrain to an altitude of 2,020 metres above sea level. Once there you can take in the breathtaking views of the Tongariro National Park; Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe.  This is a leisurely ride suitable for the whole family. 

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Knoll Ridge Cafe 2,020m above sea level

Open every day from 9am, Knoll Ridge Café serves up great coffee, tasty treats and incredible views overlooking the Pinnacles and out west toward the coast. With a large outdoor deck, it truly is the place to be.  Enjoy morning tea, lunch or an afternoon platter and glass of wine in NZ’s highest café.

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Guided Crater Lake Hikoi (one day hike)

Experience a spectacular journey to the pristine Crater Lake near the highest point in the North Island. You will be hosted and entertained by our safety & mountaineering guide with first hand Ngati Hikairo cultural knowledge on this 6 hour return trip.  Under your guide’s care, you will explore the remarkable volcanic features of Mt Ruapehu, be inspired by the panoramic views and and learn about the geological and cultural signficance of both the maunga and the dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park.  It is an extraordinary and moving experience you will never forget. 

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Short Volcanic Freedom Walks

From the top of the chairlift there are a variety of short walks waiting for you to explore.  Skyline, a breath taking hike that takes in unlimited views of Ngauruhoe aka Mt Doom, Tongariro, Lake Taupo and beyond is described as the best short walk in Tongariro National Park. 

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​​How to get here

A 6km scenic drive on a sealed road suitable for campervans.
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