Te Ataahua

(3 routes)

This peak, Ruapehu’s second highest point, is really just a bump on the ridge. It is likely most often climbed as part of a Crater Rim traverse to or from Tahurangi. Also known as Shark’s Tooth, because it appears as a sharp spike from Turoa skifield.

Type: 
Mountain
Altitude: 
2757m
Lat/Lon: 
-39.286250170000, 175.558261870000
NZMS260: 
T20 307 100
Topo50: 
BJ34 206 483
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Crater Face 150m
0
Like the Crater Face of Tahurangi, this wall provokes strong differences of opinion: take your pick. It’s either interesting and reasonably difficult mixed climbing, or sun-damaged snow threatened by lumps of rime falling from above. In other words, perhaps, like a miniature east face of Aoraki.
South West Face 450m
0
More or less straight up from Turoa skifield.
North Ridge 150m
0
A quick scramble. Volcanically heated rocks on the lower section can make a nice place to stop for a break.