Climber Dead After Falling Into Volcanic Crater Lake in New Zealand Today

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The Stunning Crater Lake at the top of Mt. Ruapehu
The Stunning Crater Lake at the top of Mt. Ruapehu

One climber is dead after falling into Mt. Ruapehu’s Crater Lake on New Zealand’s North Island today.

There are 2 ski resorts on Mt. Ruapehu:  Whakapapa & Turoa.

This afternoon, RAL patrollers were called to assist with a rescue at the Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake. One person, a climber, has been confirmed dead after falling into the lake. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those involved in this tragedy, the second fatality at the crater lake in two years.” – Mt. Ruapehu, Whakapapa & Turoa ski areas, today

Mt. Ruapehu, NZ

According to witnesses, appears that the man fell into the lake after slipping and fall on ice.

This was the second death in Mt. Ruapehu’s Crater Lake within the past year.  A man fell into the lake and died on September 30th, 2017.

Mt. Ruapehu has the longest ski season in the southern hemisphere.

Turoa trail map.


He aituā! He aituā! He takanga ki Te Wai ā-moe kua riro rā. Tēnei ngā uri te karanga atu ki ngā mana, ki tapu kia rāhuitia ngā pāpāringa o Te Wai ā-moe.

It is with sadness that the iwi of Ruapehu: Uenuku, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Rangi, acknowledge the fatal accident where a hiker fell in to Te Wai ā-moe on Saturday 22 September 2018.

As a result of this accident, a rāhui has been placed on the Te Wai ā-moe area and will be lifted at sunrise on Wednesday 26 September 2018.

A rāhui (physical and spiritual protection mechanism) is a tool to manage human activity around a site where there has been loss of life. It sets a temporary prohibition around the rāhui area and limits access for that period.

By placing a rāhui over the area it:
• Acknowledges the death and is a way to express our sympathy to the whānau of the deceased;
• Ensures that safety mechanisms are in place; and
• Provides time for tapu (sacredness) to dissipate following the death.

This provides time for healing and recovery of the natural elements at place and people, in particular the grieving whānau.

The iwi acknowledge the cooperation and support of the Department of Conservation and Ruapehu Alpine Lifts.

Moe mai rā, haere ki ngā nui o te pō. Huri atu te pō, nau mai te ao. — Mt. Ruapehu, Whakapapa & Turoa ski areas, today

Whakapapa trail map, NZ
Map showing location of Mt. Ruapehu, NZ

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