Ruapehu Day

Mt Ruapehu - the summit


Mt Ruapehu is part of the World Heritage listed Tongariro National Park.  It’s also: an active volcano, the tallest mountain in Nth Island NZ (2797m) AND where we visited today.

It was the best day of our trip so far.  At last a really sunny day without wind.  So much so that the snowy/cold weather jackets we brought over for times like this weren’t needed.  As the photos show, we made it right up to ski-lift/ski field territory.  We did so by car.  Amazing number of vehicles.  Glorious views of the summit of Ruapehu, neighbouring

Lake Taupo

mountains and the plains below.  Stunning views. By the way, I was reminded that I don’t “do chairlifts’.

Lake Taupo looked its best so far too.  It’s such a magnificent lake and just another example of the incredible volcanic activity in past times around here and beyond.

For afternoon tea, having left the snow just behind us we had a High Tea at the iconic Chateau Tongariro – almost like something from Banff transported here.

We both commented that today will be a day we remember for many years.



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