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Turoa to Ruapehu Plateau via Mangaturuturu glacier

Turoa Ski Area (Mt Ruapehu)

Easy route from top Turoa skifiled to the crater lake area.

Ski Touring Moderate

11 km
901 m
1.3 km
4-5 hrs
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
2.7 km
Turoa to Ruapehu Plateau via Mangaturuturu glacier Map

This is a popular ski touring route which is generally considered to be moderate. It's not remote, it features low exposure (e1) and is typically done between July and October. From a low point of 1.6 km to the maximum altitude of 2.7 km, the route covers 11 km, 901 vertical metres of ascent and 1315 vertical metres of descent. It's graded 1.2 and Labande grade 1. You'll need skins to complete it safely.


Easy skin up from the western traverse from top of Turoa. Great in spring ideally enough snow o ski out to base



Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between July and October


  • Bowl
  • Face

Equipment required

  • Skins

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