Ruapehu Crater Lake

The tallest volcano in Aotearoa offers an incredible off-track experience to a hidden lake. Contact us about the availability of this trip.

Difficulty: Challenging

Allow: 7-9 Hours

Distance: 7 - 11km

Climb: 1050 Descent: 1050

 

Please use the 'contact us' button for more information of this walk as we have two options.

The Ruapehu Classic Hike:

The purist hiker will appreciate a classic off-track, summer conditions hike up to the Dome Ridge of Mt Ruapehu, a view-point overlooking the Crater Lake of New Zealand's highest volcano.  This hike will see you ascend 1050m on foot and descend the same amount, the same way.

Which best describes you?

Closed border pricing will apply if we operate trips for the 2020/2021 summer.

$400.00 for two persons (shared group).  $600.00 for three persons (shared group), $650.00 for four persons (shared group).

Private Guided trip: ​NZ$345.00 per person for two or more people.

Private Guided Solo Traveler: NZ$495.00 will guarantee that it is just you and your Guide.

 

The Sky Waka Hike:

Ride the Sky Waka Gondola from the Ski-field base area at 1630m, right up to 2020m, before beginning the day's walking.  Once we have ridden the Gondola, we have (only) 650m to ascend until we reach the Dome Ridge, the viewpoint overlooking Ruapehu's Crater Lake.  

Closed border pricing will apply if we operate this trip in the 2020/2021 summer.

$480.00 for two persons (shared group).  $720.00 for three persons (shared group), $890.00 for four persons (shared group).

Traveling Solo: if no one has booked for the day you have chosen, but you are willing to let others join you, we will book you in at the Shared Group rate of NZ$390.00. This will reduce to NZ$250.00 if someone else joins onto your trip, or if a trip is already operating on your chosen date.

Private Guided trip: ​NZ$395.00 per person for two or more people.

Private Guided Solo Traveler: NZ$525.00 for one

The tragic eruption that occurred on Whakaari/White Island on Monday 9 December 2019 has not had any affect on any of the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park.  These continue to be monitored by the appropriate Government Agencies.  There is always some degree of volcanic risk, but we heed the advice found at https://www.geonet.org.nz/volcano. The Department of Conservation has produced the following document showing the potential volcanic hazards affecting the northern side of Mt Ruapehu, to which we have added our approximate hiking route.    Even when the ski fields and lifts are open, volcanic risk is present. If you are uncomfortable with this risk, choose a different track.

Inclusions

  • Boots
  • Clothing and Equipment
  • Lunch and Snacks included
  • Turangi pick-up & drop-off
  • National Park Vill. pick-up & drop-off
  • Whakapapa Vill. pick-up & drop-off

Ruapehu Crater Lake Photo Gallery