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Satellite View and Map of Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand

Mt Ruapehu seen from the Tongariro Northern Circuit in New Zealand
Mt Ruapehu, the largest active volcano in New Zealand, seen from the Tongariro Northern Circuit, one of New Zealand's premier tracks.
Image: Michal Klajban

About Mount Ruapehu and Tongariro National Park

Mount Ruapehu is a 2,797 m (9,177 ft) tall active stratovolcano in the southern part of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, a volcanic area in the center of the North Island of New Zealand. The Māori name of Ruapehu translates to pit of noise or exploding pit. The volcano erupted the last time on 25. September 2007.

Mount Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu in the background seen from the summit of Mount Tongariro.
Mount Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu in the background, seen from the summit of Mount Tongariro.
Image: © Guillaume Piolle

Mt. Ruapehu lies within New Zealand's Tongariro National Park (, home to three active volcanoes Mt. Tongariro, Mt. Ngauruhoe and Mt. Ruapehu. The national park attracts visitors year round. On the slopes of Ruapehu, there are three of the four ski resorts on the North Island.

The region is one of New Zealand's major outdoor destinations, featured by the official tourism website ( as "Volcano adventures, luxury escapes, and historical gems - they're all waiting for you in the Ruapehu region."

The promotion of the region is definitely being driven forward by the help of Hollywood. In the third part of the film adaptation of the novel Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, Ruapehu and the Tongariro National Park were the settings for Middle-earth's black land of Mordor.

The Tongariro National Park UNESCO official website is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.

To find a location use the form below. Use the "Pegman" to enjoy some panoramic views :)

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Google Map: Searchable map and satellite view of Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand.

Coordinates: 39°17′S 175°34′E

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External Links:
Visit Ruapehu
Ruapehu region’s Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO)

Wikipedia: Mount Ruapehu
Wikipedia entry Mount Ruapehu.

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