Short Volcanic Freedom Walks
From the top of the chairlift there are a variety of short walks waiting for you to explore. There is no better way to experience the unique volcanic terrain of Mt Ruapehu up close.
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. Head west to the edge of the Ampitheatre with views down onto the Whakapapaiki lava flows. Drop down Delta Ridge with views out west to Mt Taranaki and east to Ngauruhoe. Walk the same path as ancient lava flows and lahars as you descend past the stunning waterfalls of Whakapapa Ski Area on the Waterfalls Descent or discover cinematic history when you immerse yourself in the moody scenery at Meads Wall, where several scenes from The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers were filmed.
Experience a spectacular journey across Ruapehu’s rugged volcanic terrain to the pristine Crater Lake. You will be hosted and entertained by our safety & mountaineering guides 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.