Ruapehu Summer Magic – Opens December 14th
Posted on Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Take yourself away to a fascinating world of lava flows and rock formations that are thousands of years old. Experience the raw beauty of a World Heritage National Park and the alpine terrain of the North Island’s highest peak. Wild as it may sound, Mt Ruapehu is easily visited and is a safe and spectacular way to become acquainted with the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park.
There is a whole host of activities on offer at Mt Ruapehu this summer, with something to suit everyone. No visit is complete without a scenic chairlift ride, taking you to 2020 metres above sea level. Sit back and be transported over an incredible volcanic landscape before arriving at Knoll Ridge, home of New Zealand’s highest café. If it’s relaxation you’re wanting, then lunch and a great coffee on the deck while taking in the views will be just what you’re after.
Volcanic walks are the perfect way to explore the mountain. There are a number of short walks, ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours return, which will take you through the alpine terrain without needing a high level of fitness. Described as the best short walk in Tongariro National Park, the Skyline Walk showcases the stunning views on offer by climbing to Skyline Ridge (2,300m) before returning to the top of the chairlift. Other volcanic walks include the Amphitheatre and the Meads Wall Walk, a favourite with Lord of the Rings fans. All volcanic walks are marked but are not on formed tracks, so good hiking boots are recommended.
A popular option for those with good fitness is the guided Crater Lake Hike & Cultural Experience, a 6 hour return trip. Your host will guide you on a spectacular journey to Mt Ruapehu’s pristine Crater Lake near the highest point in the North Island. You will learn about the geological & cultural significance of the mountain and the Tongariro World Heritage and Cultural Park.
This year the team at Mt Ruapehu expects snow near the top of the chairlift to last right into January, so playing in the snow with the kids is a great option for a fun family day out. If you’ve always had your heart set on a white Christmas, then this could be your chance!
A visit to Mt Ruapehu this summer is not only an opportunity to experience the volcanoes of a World Heritage National Park up close, but it’s also an easy way to access alpine terrain that you won’t find anywhere else. So take the opportunity this summer and head on up to Mt Ruapehu for a day to remember.
For more information coming soon on www.mtruapehu.com