Guided Crater Lake Hike & Cultural Experience

One of AA Traveller's 101 must-dos this kiwi summer!

You will ascend to Mt Ruapehu's pristine Crater Lake near the highest point in the North Island. The adventure is enjoyed at a leisurely pace, with regular stops for rests and informative talks from your guides. You will be hosted and entertained by our own Safety & Mountaineering Guides along with local Ngati Hikairo Cultural Guides. Under their care you will venture through rugged volcanic terrain & learn about the geological & cultural significance of the mountain and the Tongariro World Heritage and Cultural Park. The Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake experience is not to be missed.  Add it to your itinerary whilst you are in the Ruapehu region to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing or the Ohakune Old Coach Road.

Trip Details

Meet your guide at the base area of Whakapapa Ski Area for a welcome and safety briefing for the day ahead. Starting out at 1630 meters above sea level, we take a scenic chairlift ride to 2020 meters above sea level. These lifts take us past ancient lava flows that have been carved out by glaciation in the last 300,000 years to expose the layers for us to see. We hike on Restful Ridge for about 2 hours to 2670 meters above sea level where the Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake can be viewed. Then it's off back down through one of the glacial valleys that contain snow until about February, which we can often slide down on - a real highlight!

Availability Departing daily from 15th December 2014 to 3rd May 2015 (weather dependent).
Duration Full Day Trip. Briefing is at 8:30AM at the base area of Whakapapa Ski Area at the Vertical Retail Shop (Next to Whakapapa Rentals). Trip departs 9:00AM and returns by 4:00PM.
Ability/Fitness A good level of fitness is required for this 6 hour return trip. 

 

Mt Ruapehu Guided Crater Lake Hike 

Adult

Youth (5-18)

*Use of card will incur a 2% processing fee $99 $75

 

What's included?

What do I need to bring?

  • Sturdy tramping boots with ankle support *
  • Waterproof jacket*  
  • Over-trousers*
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Lunch and refreshments

* These items are included in the cost of your Guided Cultural Hike. All other items are available for purchase.

 

Bookings are essential

A minimum of 3 hikers are required for the trip to go ahead. Minimum age limit for this guided hike is 8 years old - fitness dependent. For further information please call us on 0508 782 734 or email guidedhikes@mtruapehu.com

 

Poor Weather Alternative

On days when the weather on Mt Ruapehu does not allow a safe passage to the Crater Lake we offer an experience visiting locations at a lower elevation. This is a great opportunity to learn about the geological & cultural significance of the mountain and the Tongariro World Heritage and Cultural Park

Availability Departing daily from 15th December 2014 to 3rd May 2015 (weather dependent).
Duration Full Day Trip. Briefing is at 10:00AM at the base area of Whakapapa Ski Area at the Vertical Retail Shop (Next to Whakapapa Rentals). Trip departs 10:15AM and returns by 2:30PM.
Ability/Fitness A medium level of fitness is required for this 5 hour trip, which can be tailored to suit fitness levels.

 

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Volcanic Short Walks

Check out the Volcanic Short Walks on Mt Ruapehu. There are a variety of walks suitable for a range of abilities, with great photo opportunities of the Tongariro National Park.  These free walks are a must-do!
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Contact Us

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts
Private Bag 71902
Mt Ruapehu 3951
New Zealand
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Turoa info.turoa@mtruapehu.com
Whakapapa info@mtruapehu.com
Phone 0508 RUAPEHU (782 734)