Mount / Mt Ruapehu

Mount / Mt Ruapehu

Crater Lake walk



17 Rankers Reviews

14 Face-to-Face

425 Walking

19 Tongariro / National Park Village



Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake
Meads Wall


Walk to the summit of an active volcano

In summer, ride the chairlift and gain access to a spectacular Mt Ruapehu walk up to the crater lake.

The Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake has got to be one of the best one day hikes you can do! You will view the largest Crater Lake on New Zealand’s active Mt Ruapehu volcano. Remember you are on a mountain and weather can change very fast so even in the middle of summer be prepared to get a bit chilly. There is no track up here and if the weather closes in you will want to have and be able to use a map and compass... There are local guided options available to make this adventure more accessible and safer.

If weather conditions deteriorate during the day the lifts may close earlier than planned. If this happens, and you miss your lift ride down, you will have to make your own way back to the base area on foot. Follow the orange and blue markers starting from the top of the Waterfall Express Chairlift.


Feature Value Info


North IslandRuapehuTongariro / National Park Village


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Sam's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Came as a school group. My group (14-year-old guys) made it up to the top in record time. I would highly recommend walking poles as your feet slip a lot in the snow. We had to turn back at the top though because of a visibility drop.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in November 2017

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Matthias Kroth

Ranking: 6/10

Suitable for mountain goats or humans with climbing experience. We walked / climbed all the way up and it took us almost 10 hours in total. A lot of climbing over lose rocks at very steep angles. Didn't always feel safe. Once we're up it was nice but considering the climb we had to take it wasn't really worth it

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Maximilian Seitz


Ranking: 9/10

Once again very worth the climb, stunning view at the top. You can race the clouds and you can reach the snow and have a ski ride. Walk it for free up and then see if you can get a free ride down in the lift.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lili Souris


Ranking: 10/10

We went there during winter. One and a half hour uphill walk if you take the last chairlift. Best views and snow!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Etienne Douse


Ranking: 9/10

I have climbed Ruapehu, there was snow on the top. Beautiful! Nice track!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Brilliant walk with stunning views.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Ranking: 9/10

Climbed the mountain and was rewarded with a beautiful view over the surrounding lands.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Cecilia Anderson


Ranking: 9/10

When we reached the mountain we understood that the lifts dod not work for the moment so we decided to walk up the mountain. That was amazing and good markings.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Christopher Saunders


Ranking: 10/10

Incredible views from crater lake and surrounding summits.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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Luca Willensrock


Ranking: 8/10

Nice 5 hours walk with amazing different types of landscape-easy.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

This is a fantastic ascension to the summit, totally worth it. But I highly recommend a map because there's no track and it's a little bit tricky to find your way, be prepaired.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Ranking: 10/10

At the top (2020m) with the chair lift 9$30) and then the walk to the peak about 1 hour (2300m) - amazing views.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Ranking: 8/10

Nice track, not too hard, not too easy. Beautiful landscape. The chair lift is maybe a little too expensive.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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