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Ruapehu Crater Lake is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Owhango, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 7.3 mi Elevation gain 3,494 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Lake

Views

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Great track. Very tough climb! Bring gloves to protect your hands from the rocks.

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Reviews (16)
Photos (66)
Recordings (15)
Completed (35)
Cameron Mailer
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

Went up early March, rainy the whole day and seriously windy at top. We felt awesome at the top but was cold and couldn't see anything (50m). Hard scramble with those conditions, really reccomend going when good weather. With athletic level fitness got up in 3.25 hours got down to main gondola in 1. Took ride back down, (very wet).

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Lauren Perucco
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HikingOff trailRockyScrambleSnow

Tough to hike this now with the ski resort setup around it. To avoid snow, we had to navigate many rock scrambles. This is definitely on the high end of hard. Would have needed full snow equipment to make it beyond the gondola as of Nov 30. Probably is more reasonable further into the summer but we had to stop at the top of the gondola. Ski resort was still operating and they were seemingly not too thrilled we went out for the hike but they didn’t give us too much trouble. Only made it a few miles out before having to take the gondola back and I’m saying this as a decently well traveled and versed hiker.

Lacey Jones
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Worth every step! Wear jeans and long sleeves. The scree is sharp. Just do it!

Matthew Sells
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Hiking
First to Review

Great track. Would recommend climbing My Ngauruhoe for the views but this is a very tough climb! Bring gloves if you do to protect your hands from the rocks.

Cath Mckenna
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Hadi Ku
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Edward Vaughan
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Taiki Ichikawa
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Sébastien Narck
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Kevin Van Deursen
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Thomas Lebarq
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hale l
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Stephen Nickolls
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George Putilin
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Alison Belot
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Paul C. Peh
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