Mount Ruapehu Travel Guide

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Mount Ruapehu Restaurants

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    by kiwi Updated Jul 29, 2006

    As often happens in locations where there are a lot of people, I found the food to be poorly presented. My nachos were clearly preprepared, and not properly microwaved, as the centre was neither warm nor melted (the cheese)! But when one is cold and hungry, having food and being ahead of others, is enough to be happy.
    The food selection is not bad, but fairly standard. Isolated location must be considered here.
    With not a lot of establishments to chose from, it's not very competative. However I do understand that for many months this place is not busy. Height of the ski season, makes for not so good service.

    Fergusson's Café also runs as a Post Office, and has a Petanque course, as well as a facility machine where you can download your camera memory card full of photos, to a CD. Great for the traveller!

    Favorite Dish: I had vegetarian nachos, quite a nice concept. Just poorly heated. Enjoyable all the same.
    The Nachos were only NZD$6-50, however the coffee was NZD$3-50 .

    Ferfusson's Caf�� Download photos to CD on Mt Ruapehu
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Mount Ruapehu Transportation

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    by kiwi Updated Sep 13, 2012

    On the Western side of Mt Ruapehu, you can drive quite a long way up the mountain from Whakapapa. It's a good road, but of course depends on weather for safety conditions. If there is a lot of snow, you will need chains on your wheels and won't be allowed up without.

    There is limited parking up the mountain, and various carparks along the way. If the traffic guys point you into a park you MUST go as they count the cars, and know there is nowhere for you further up. I was amazed at how many people argued and wanted to drive up. If you find yourself in a small carpark half way up, don't worry, because the bus will soon arrive to take you on up to the top of the road. And the buses run regularly so you can return to your car easily through the day.

    On days when either the carparks are all full, or if the road conditions are icey and dangerous, there is a point where they stop all cars and only let those with chains or 4WDs thru, or turn all vehicles away. This is just beyond the Chateau, on Hwy 48 at Whakapapa Village.
    There are carparks here too, and buses run to shuttle you up the mountain.

    Road up Mt Ruapehu Places to park on the side of the road Good road  up Parking attendants up the mountain
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Mount Ruapehu Warnings and Dangers

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    by kiwi Updated Jul 29, 2006

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    WEATHER CAN CHANGE QUICKLY!
    As with mountains the world over, Mt Ruapehu deserves respect and planning.
    The weather can change very quickly and the temperature can drop rapidly in a short time.
    Make sure you are prepared with protective clothing. Oh and take a tube if Vegemite if you happen to read this before you go. Great source of Vitamin B for sustenance.

    As you can see in one of the photos, on a clear day everything looks fine. But within minutes the situation can change, so Be Prepared!

    Ruapehu in bad weather. Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park
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Mount Ruapehu Favorites

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    by kiwi Written Jul 29, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Mt Ruapehu us a volcanic mountain situated in the central plateau region of the North Island of New Zealand. It's measured height is 2797 metres, and it is home to several skifields. Ruapehu last erupted in a lot of glory, in 1995 and 1995, so it is still very much an ACTIVE VOLCANO! This is an opportunity for those who are keen, to ski on an active volcano. Of course during volcanic activity the mountain is closed. And when the mountain is open for skiing, rest assured that the 'rumblings' of her are being very closely monitored.

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    Dec 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    12 Dec 2012 - Warning reviewed and still in place. The likelihood of Mt Ruapehu erupting is still higher than it not erupting.

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      Dec 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      Ngauruhoe is Mt Doom, but I think they are throwing magic dust into the crater all the same!

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      Dec 12, 2012 at 4:08 AM

      Im in volcano country here in Chile! Signs are all over pointing out the risk at the moment and which direction for vehicle evacuation as there are anumber officially active....ive not seen any with smoke on top though. Snow and beautiful along with lakes. Has been feeling and looking so much like im back in nz already! Chile has 150 volcanoes...a lot more thankfully than Nz has to deal with!

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    Nov 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Warnings released to keep at least 2km from the crater, due to risk of eruption. Monitoring of water temperature in the crater lake indicate pressure build up and high risk of some activity.

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