Guided Crater Lake Hike
Guided Crater Lake Hike & Cultural Experience
The Guided Crater Lake Hike has got to be one of the best one day guided hikes you can do!
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.
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!
Departing daily from 14th December 2013 to 4th May 2014 (weather dependent).
Full Day Trip - briefing is at 8.30am, trip departs 9.00am and returns by 4.00pm.
Reasonable fitness, an ability to walk for 5 hours with rest stops.
Mt Ruapehu Guided Crater hike
*Use of card will incur a 2% processing fee
The following equipment is essential:
- Sturdy tramping boots with ankle support * (not runners or gumboots)
- Waterproof jacket* and 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.
Poor Weather Alternative - Guided Trip and Cultural Experience
On days when the weather on Mt Ruapehu does not allow a safe passage to the Crater Lake we can offer an experience visiting locations at a lower elevation. You will be hosted and entertained by our own Safety & Mountaineering Guides along with local Ngati Hikairo Cultural Guides. Under their care you will visit some geological and volcanic sights close to Whakapapa Village. From there the trip will take on a greater cultural significance where sights of interest and meaning to the local Hikairo Guides will be visited. In particular Te Porere - A historical battle site tucked away in native bush and tussock lands. Opotaka/Motu o Puhi - An old Maori village site which where the haka Ka Mate Ka Mate was first recited. Lastly a visit to Papakai or Otukou Marae - Living Marae of the Ngati Hikairo people, one of which is over 100 years old. This is a great opportunity to learn about the geological & cultural significance of the mountain and the Tongariro World Heritage and Cultural Park. This 5 hour return trip from the base of the Whakapapa Ski Area.
Departing daily from 14th December 2013 to 4th May 2014
Full Day Trip - briefing is at 10.am, trip departs 10.15 am and returns by 2.30pm.
Bookings are essential (minimum of 4 passengers). For further information please call us on 0508 782 734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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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