High on Mt Ruapehu lie the only glaciers in the North Island. While they are mere remnants of their former ice age size, they still provide some of the best skiing terrain around. Ruapehu is a mountain created with ski-touring in mind, with access, terrain and (at times) snow conditions that are hard to beat in either island.
A standard day touring on Ruapehu might see one skinning to the summit plateau from the highest Whakapapa lift, doing a run or two of the Whangaehu or Mangaturuturu Glaciers before skiing down through the skifield to the Top o’ the Bruce. But how about linking all six major glaciers together in a single day into one grand tour? Most North Island alpinists would be hard-pressed to describe where the six glaciers are let alone attempt to name them all!