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Whakapapa Skifield

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Scouting around for short ice routes on the bluffs and crags that abound on the ski area can be a better bet than the Pinnacles if you are feeling cooped up during mediocre weather at Ruapehu Hut. The ice routes described here are at relatively low altitudes, and conditions tend to be at their best during the early winter season from April to July when temperatures are low – and before heavy snowfalls. It’s a good idea, though, to adopt a flexible approach; keep in mind that from day to day, climbing conditions can change rapidly and dramatically at any time of year.
For rock climbing information in this area, including Whakapapa Gorge and Meads Wall, see

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