You’ve done your sky diving, bungy, jet boating and black water rafting, but you’re still craving adventure? Not a problem. How about snowboarding on Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand’s most active volcano?
Mount Ruapehu is an active volcano, situated in Tongariro National Park on New Zealand’s North Island, not far away from Lake Taupo. With Taupo being the adventure capital of the North Island, it is not really surprising to find yet another amazing adventure waiting for you in the neighbourhood!
Snowboarding on an active volcano
Let me show you what snowboarding on Mount Ruapehu looks like:
There are two ski fields on Ruapehu, Whakapapa and Turoa, and these two are the largest in New Zealand. That’s astonishing, considering the South Island has the Southern Alps and quite a few ski areas at Coronet Peak and the Remarkables near Queenstown or Mount Olympus in Canterbury. You just have to get your head around the fact that, as you drive up to the mountain through Tongariro National Park, despite seeing desert landscapes and volcanic rocks that you associate with heat and hot weather, you’ll be indulging in your favourite winter pastime.
The great thing about snowboarding on Ruapehu is that you can easily do it as a day trip from Taupo. You don’t even need any special clothes or equipment – you can rent all of that on site! And please don’t be too worried about the whole active volcano thing: there are posters with safety instructions everywhere, even in the toilet stalls!
Snowboarding down an active volcano – only in New Zealand!
What’s the craziest adventure activity you’ve taken part in in New Zealand?