Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Track


Trails: Whakapapa Ski field car park – take lift to cafe – Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Track – Crater Lake – retrace back.

Note: Experienced tramper with good navigation skill only! Do not walk if the weather is not good enough! You may need crampons and ice axe in winter.

Car Park: Yes. Whakapapa Ski field car park
Public Toilet: Yes
Weather: Check Weather before you go!

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Total distance: 6.77 km
Total climbing: 777 m
Average speed: 3.11 km/h
Total Time: 04:14:26

Total flat distance: 6.8 km, Climbing distance: 3.1 km, Descent distance: 3.1 km, Flat distance: 0.6 km, Maximum difference: 667 m, Final balance: 0.0 m

Difficulty Rating: 2.8 – M
The “Total Time” is my time in July which includes morning tea time and lunch time and breaks. That day was fine and whole track was covered by snow and ice. If you slow down to average 2km/h plus 90 min stop then the total time will be around 5 hrs.

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Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Track

Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Track

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