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| The craters and calderas of Tongariro from the north, with
the cone of Ngauruhoe behind and Ruapehu in the distance
(photo by New Zealand Aerial Mapping)   <click to enlarge>

Tongariro
    6489 ft (1978 m) .
Location: Central part of North Island of New Zealand
Lat / Long: 39.1° S, 175.6° E
Volcanic Type: Stratovolcano complex with calderas
Volcanic Status: Active, last eruption 1927
First Ascent:
First Ski Descent:
Skiable Vertical: about 3000 ft (900 m)
Administration:   Tongariro National Park



The Tongariro volcanic complex is a large massif consisting of about a dozen stratovolcanic cones and craters, located in the northern part of Tongariro National Park, New Zealand's oldest national park. Prominent features include North Crater (a 1 km wide flat-topped crater with a smaller crater inset in its western end, at right in the photo above), Blue Lake Crater, Red Crater, Central Crater, and South Crater (which has the summit of Tongariro on its northern rim). A ski traverse can easily be made across the massif to see many of these intriguing landforms, and this trip is often combined with a ski descent of Ngauruhoe at the southern end of the complex.

Some useful links:  

    Tongariro National Park (official site)
    New Zealand Topo Online
   
Topographic map of Tongariro and Ngauruhoe (1:80,000 scale)
    from NZMS 273 Tongariro National Park
    <click to enlarge>



      More photos and info about routes, access, etc. may be added in the future ...


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