Mount Ruapehu, or just Ruapehu 2,797 metres (9,175 feet) , is an active stratovolcano, situated at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zone in New Zealand. It is 23 kilometres northeast of the town of Ohakune, 40 kilometres southwest of the southern shore of Lake Taupo and is part of Tongariro National Park. The major skifields and the only glaciers of the North Island of New Zealand are on its slopes.
It is one of the world's most active volcanoes (last eruption October 2006) and the largest active volcano in New Zealand. It is the highest point in the North Island and includes three major peaks: Tahurangi (2,797m), Te Heuheu (2,755m) and Paretetaitonga (2,751m). The deep, active crater is located between the peaks and fills with a crater lake between major eruptions.