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Daily Daydream: Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand

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Outdoor adventures abound at Mt. Ruapehu, where you can ski on an active volcano. Mount Ruapehu has the North Island’s tallest peak, only glaciers, and biggest ski fields, making it a must-see if you’re in that part of the country.

One of the best ways to explore Mt. Ruapehu is to base yourself at the Turoa ski field. From here you can hike to the crater lake, walk to the summit (after taking the ski lift most of the way up), or even explore the Mangatoetoenui Glacier. Experienced ice climbers will find lots of challenges to attempt in the area as well.

In the summer, tackle the region’s two most famous mountain biking trainl: Central North Island Rail Trail and Mountains to the Sea Trails. Or, leave the wheels behind and take a guided walk to the edge of the crater lake.

Where is it? Central North Island, New Zealand. The closest international airport is in Auckland (check prices), or catch a domestic flight to Taupo Airport (check prices)

Where to Stay? In New Zealand’s highest hotel, Skotel Alpine Resort.

What Else Should I Know? The last eruption occurred in 2007, without warning, and was followed by an earthquake.

Who’s it For? Volcanologists, skiiers, snowboarders, adventurers.

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