Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand – February 7th, 2009
Mount Ruapehu is an active stratovolcano at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand’s North Island. It is visible, capped with snow, among the clouds in the lower left quadrant.
Ruapehu is 23 kilometres northeast of Ohakune and 40 kilometres southwest of the southern shore of Lake Taupo, within Tongariro National Park.
It is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the largest active volcano in New Zealand.
It is the highest point in the North Island and includes three major peaks: Tahurangi (2,797 m), Te Heuheu (2,755 m) and Paretetaitonga (2,751 m).
The North Island’s major skifields and only glaciers are on its slopes.
The deep, active crater is between the peaks and fills with a crater lake between major eruptions.