New Zealand North Island

Range TypeIsland
Highest PointMount Ruapehu (2797 m/9177 ft)
CountriesNew Zealand
Area116,841 sq km / 45,113 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent801 km / 498 mi North-South
518 km / 322 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long38° 0' S; 175° 36' E
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The North Island of New Zealand is dominated topographically by large volcanic cones looming over the landscape. The highest is recently-erupted (1996) Ruapehu (9177'/2797m), in the center of the North Island, and two lower peaks to the north, Ngauruhoe (7516'/2291m) and Tongariro (6457'/1968') are part of the same range. All three volcanos are part of Tongariro National Park, and Ruapehu offers skiing at two areas on its slopes, as long as there is no threat of lava flowing down onto skiers.

On an bulge on the North Island's west coast lies another volcano, Taranaki (8261'/2518m). Once known as Mount Egmont, it is the second highest peak on the island and an alomst perfect cone in the tradition of Japan's Fuji.

The remainder of the North Island is often very wrinkled topographically, but harbors only high hills and no major summits. Excluding the four big volcanoes, the highest summit is lowly Te Aroha (3123'/952m).

Map of New Zealand North Island
Click on neighboring ranges to navigate to them.
Lesser South Island Ranges Minor Aus-NZ Outlying Islands
Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.

Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the New Zealand North Island.
New ZealandLevel 2 (Parent)
         New Zealand North IslandLevel 3
         Lesser South Island RangesLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Southern AlpsLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Minor Australia-New Zealand Outlying IslandsLevel 3 (Sibling)

Major Peaks of the New Zealand North Island

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange4
1.Mount Ruapehu27979177 
2.Mount Taranaki25188261 
3.Mount Ngauruhoe22877503 
4.Mount Tongariro19676453 
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.

Photos of Peaks in the New Zealand North Island

Mount Ruapehu

A lone skier "boots up" from the top ski lift of the Turoa ski area towards the summit crest of Ruapehu (1993-11-12).
Mount Taranaki

Looking back at the broad snowfields on the classic cone of Mount Taranaki (1993-11-28).

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