Last week I spent some time on Ruapehu with Bruno Cedat, a french documentary maker who is making a film about the geology and landscapes of New Zealand in collaboration with GNS Science.
During the making of his film he has participated in challenging outdoor adventures such as climbing, caving and kayaking in a variety of wild places across New Zealand, Here he is climbing the Pinnacles next to Whakapapa ski field.
We also tramped up the mountain to the summit plateau, with great views across to Ngauruhoe volcano further north.
In this next picture you can see Bruno approaching the Dome, along the edge of the summit plateau.
The Dome Shelter was covered in rime ice. Inside the shelter there is a seismometer that is used to monitor volcanic earthquakes. Here is the GeoTrip page for you to climb up to the Dome: www.geotrips.org.nz/trip.html?id=646
Here is a view of the crater lake, surrounded by a winter blanket of snow. It is currently at Alert Level 1 as you can see on the GeoNet website. For lots more information on Ruapehu have a look at our website here
Here is a preview of Bruno’s Film: New Zealand, Land of Adventure: