Over the summer season, meet your guide at the base area of Whakapapa Ski Area for a safety briefing and introduction to the day ahead.
Starting out at 1600 meters above sea level, we grab a ride on the chairlifts to 2020 meters above sea level. This ride gives a great aerial view of the volcanic terrain. We hike through lava flows, boulder fields, and glacial terrain for about 2-3 hours to 2670 meters above sea level where we can view Ruapehu's Crater Lake.
Then it's off back down through one of the glacial valleys that contain snow until about February, which we can often slide down on - this is so much fun for young and old - a real highlight!
North Island ▷ Ruapehu ▷ Tongariro / National Park Village
One of my all-time favourite walks. I like to take the Highnoon chairlift on Turoa up in the afternoon. From the top of the lift its about an hour walk to the summit but well worth the trip. Then you get to ski some unridden tracks. Love it
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Amazing view, good walk but very windy, cold and still lots of snow-you have to be prepared.
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We had an awesome time during that walk. But the most impressive was the company, the guide and how nice there were ! The guide was really friendly and very professional as he checks for the first half hour that you have the level before going any further and top it all, they refund you the all price (minus the chairlift) if you feel you can't go any further. The guide was really honest and put safety first by letting us know the conditions of the terrain and how difficult it was going to be.
Despite the fact, we decided to go back down after half an hour walk only, I give them a 10 out of 10 for the short but really nice guided walk, the professionalism and friendliness ! Very impressed !
Chairlift up to 2000m. 2 hours hiking tour.
Excellent walk with good information from guide.