Ruapehu Ski Area Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

4.8
FIETS
8.1 mi
DISTANCE
2,432 ft
GAINED
5.7 %
AVG. GRADE

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This 8.1 mile bike climb is located in Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand. The average gradient is 5.7% and there is a total elevation gain of 2,432 ft, finishing at 5,292 ft.

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bike parked against yellow road arrow signs next to signs for National Park and Turangi

Climbing Ruapehu Ski Area, New Zealand

photo collage shows winding road up mountain, stone sign for Tongariro National Park, road sign for Whakapapa Village

bike parked at signs at the entrance of Tongariro National Park, climb start

Climb begins at the entrance to Tongariro National Park.

Tongariro National Park was established in 1887 and is New Zealand’s oldest national park (it is also the world’s sixth oldest national park).  The park is 79,500 hectares (196,448 acres).

Climb summary by PJAMM’s Brad Butterfield.

What a sight the mountain ahead is as you climb toward the ski area. The landscape has a high-tundra feel to it, with not many trees to speak of. Once on the upper part of the climb, the road cuts through jagged volcanic rock. Ruapehu last erupted in 2007. It is a beautiful drive out to this climb and is quite far from any major towns. You can bet on having the road to yourself. I saw no other cyclists and only a few cars on my day on the climb in May 2022.

photo collage shows aerial drone pictures of the roadway up the mountain, and photos of the mountain tundra in front of you as you climb toward it

aerial drone view of three hairpin curves on route

The road is generally straight except for three brief hairpins sections.  

photo collage shows straight portions of roadway throughout climb

photo collage shows Chateau Tongariro

Chateau Tongariro located at kilometer 6.

Chateau Tongariro (aka Grand Chateau) is a magnificent hotel on the way up to the ski resort.  The hotel opened in 1929.

aerial drone view of lava fields on climb

At roughly kilometer 10 we enter and remain in lava fields to the climb finish.

views of Mount Ruapehu leading up to the volcano

Mount Ruapehu as viewed at kilometers 4-5.

Mount Ruapehu is the largest active volcano in New Zealand and is the highest point on New Zealand’s Northern Island. 

climb finish, Whakapapa Ski Area

Finish at Whakapapa Ski Area.

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