Central North Island alerts

Updated: 22 November 2014

For your safety, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. However you should contact the Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre for the latest track and weather conditions.

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Central North Island notes

Tongariro Forest Conservation Area

A rat and possum control operation took place in August 2014. Follow all warning signs. Get more information about the operation.

Tongariro National Park

  • Snow conditions may exist affecting some tracks and routes.
  • Check webcams of the region at the Geonet and Ruapehu Alpine Lifts websites - good for an idea of current snow coverage.

Volcanoes

All three volcanoes are active and can erupt at any time without warning. Before you go, know the volcanic risks in Tongariro National Park and what to do in an eruption.

Volcanic alert levels

Avalanches

Several tracks and routes go through avalanche terrain. During the winter and spring months (June–November) avalanche equipment and skills may be required. Find out about avalanche terrain ratings in Tongariro National Park

During the winter and spring months (June–November) check the avalanche advisory.

Tracks and routes

Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit

  • Snow conditions are possible. Alpine equipment and experience may be required.
  • Volcanic hazard remains in the Active Volcanic Hazard Zone on the northern side of Mount Tongariro. Observe the warning signs in place.
  • Mount Ngauruhoe is an active volcano. Eruptions can happen at any time without warning.

Round the Mountain Track

  • Snow conditions are possible. Alpine equipment and experience may be required.
  • Mount Ruapehu is an active volcano. Eruptions can happen at any time without warning.
  • Whangaehu and Whakapapaiti valleys are lahar paths. It is recommended not to linger in these valleys.
  • There are unbridged river and stream crossings that may be unsafe following rain, particularly the Whakapapaiti and Mangaturuturu rivers on the western side of Ruapehu.

Mt Ruapehu Crater climb

  • Snow conditions exist. Alpine equipment and experience is required.
  • Check current conditions with the Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre before you go.
  • Sub-zero temperatures are possible.
  • Mount Ruapehu is an active volcano. Eruptions can happen at any time without warning.
  • Chairlifts at Whakapapa Ski Area are open weather depending - check the snow report

Mt Ngauruhoe summit climb

  • Snow conditions are possible. Alpine equipment and experience may be required.
  • Sub-zero temperatures are possible.
  • Mount Ngauruhoe is an active volcano. Eruptions can happen at any time without warning.

Ohakune Old Coach Road

  • Track construction work along the central Skyline section will be taking place from mid October 2014 and will continue until further notice. There will be rangers working with machinery on the track.
  • The track remains open during this time. Please use caution and observe signs in place.

Roads

Your safety is your responsibility

Please report any hazards you see in the backcountry to the DOC conservation emergency hotline, phone 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468)


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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Contacts

Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 7 892 3729
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Email:   tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz
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