Central North Island alerts

Updated: 19 August 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 National Park

Snow conditions exist affecting many tracks and routes

Short and day walks at Whakapapa and Ohakune - snow and ice conditions exist on most tracks

Avalanche hazard exists for most tracks and routes - check the avalanche advisory before you go. Avalanche equipment and skills required.

Check webcams of the region at the Geonet and Ruapehu Alpine Lifts websites - good for an idea of current snow coverage.

Kaimanawa Forest Park

Snow and ice conditions exist.

Find out about activities in Kaimanawa Forest Park.

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. Avalanche equipment and skills may be required.

A large proportion of the Tongariro National Park below 1700 m is classed as simple avalanche terrain, and elevations above this altitude are mainly challenging or complex avalanche terrain.

Tracks and routes

Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit

  • Snow and ice conditions exist. Alpine equipment and experience is required.
  • Avalanche hazard exists - check the avalanche advisory before you go.
  • Sub-zero temperatures are likely.
  • See Alpine Crossing winter hiking and Northern Circuit winter hiking for more information.
  • 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 and ice conditions exist. Alpine equipment and experience required.
  • Avalanche hazard exists check the avalanche advisory before you go.
  • Sub-zero temperatures are likely.
  • See Winter hiking for more details.
  • 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 and ice conditions exist. Alpine equipment and experience is essential.
  • Avalanche hazard exists. Avalanche equipment and skills required. Check the avalanche advisory before you go.
  • Expect sub-zero temperatures.
  • 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 and ice conditions exist. Alpine equipment and experience is essential.
  • Avalanche hazard exists. Avalanche equipment and skills required. Check the avalanche advisory before you go.
  • Sub-zero temperatures are likely.
  • 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 June through October 2014. 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:   whakapapa@doc.govt.nz
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