Mt Ruapehu - By elastic design
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Volcanoes provide a commanding presence at the heart of this astonishing landscape. Perhaps better known as Mt Doom from Lord of the Rings, Mount Ruapehu is one of the world's most active volcanoes - but don't let that stop you visiting. Whakapapa has the largest area of patrolled ski field in New Zealand & Turoa boasts the highest lift in the southern hemisphere.