Ruapehu Crater Lake

The tallest volcano in Aotearoa offers an incredible off-track experience to a hidden lake. From November 2020 we will look to operate these trips again as the winter conditions ease.

Difficulty: Challenging

Allow: 7-9 Hours

Distance: 7 - 11km

Climb: 1050 Descent: 1050

Now that it is winter 2020 we will not to be able to operate this hike until late Spring 2020 (likely late November).

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

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?

Traveling as two or more: NZ$220.00 per person, Shared Group rate. Groups no larger than 8 per guide.

Traveling Solo: if you book in on a Shared Group Trip for NZ$220.00, but no-one else has booked for that trip, we will only charge a single person surcharge of an additional NZ$140.00 (making it a total of NZ$360.00) on the day if we need to run a trip just for you.  You can email or message us to check. 

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.  

Traveling as two or more: NZ$250.00 per person, Join-a-Group rate. Groups no larger than 8 per guide.

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 Join-a-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 chose 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 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.


  • Boots
  • Clothing and Equipment
  • Lunch and Snacks included
  • Turangi transfers
  • National Park Village transfers
  • Whakapapa Village transfers

Ruapehu Crater Lake Photo Gallery