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| Ngauruhoe from the northeast, with one of the craters
in the Tongariro complex in the foreground
(photo by Don Swanson, USGS)   <click to enlarge>

Ngauruhoe
    7516 ft (2291 m) .
Location: Central part of North Island of New Zealand
Lat / Long: 39.2° S, 175.6° E
Volcanic Type: Stratovolcano
Volcanic Status: Active, last eruption 1977
First Ascent: J. C. Bidwill, 1839
First Ski Descent:
Skiable Vertical: about 4000 ft (1200 m)
Administration:   Tongariro National Park



Ngauruhoe is a strikingly symmetrical cone located at the southern end of the Tongariro volcanic complex. Its form is due to youth and vigor, as the entire cone has been constructed within only the past 2500 years, and it has been New Zealand's most active volcano during historical time. Ngauruhoe is a superb ski descent by any of the several routes which pass between the freshest lava flows outside the rim of its 400 m (1/4 mile) wide crater. The ascent and ski descent can often be combined with a ski traverse of the Tongariro massif.

Some useful links:  

    Tongariro National Park (official site)
    Volcano Camera - Mt Ngauruhoe, New Zealand
    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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