Geologically speaking, the three volcanoes are comparatively young, being less than 500,000 years old. Those who trek the Crossing are able to get up close and personal with the many stunning features of this historical volcanic activity. Volcanic Alert Bulletin TON-2013/05 - Tongariro Volcano. Ngauruhoe – geologically considered a … Te Maari has had no eruptive activity since an explosion on 21 November 2012 although there is still a small chance that an eruption could occur with little or no warning. Mount Ruapehu is the highest point in the North Island and, like Tongariro, its … The lake passes through regular warming and cooling cycles, which may result in small eruptions of ash and steam. Welcome to Turangi’s Volcanic Activity Centre Located at the gateway to the Taupo Volcanic Zone, the Volcanic Activity Centre is a hands-on interactive educational centre that aims to bring the explosive past and present volcanic and geothermal features of this area to life and explain its many spectacular and unique natural features. Volcanic activity started here around two million years ago and continues to this day. Tongariro is a volcanic complex in North island, New Zealand, that is made up of a number of vents and craters. Besides Whakaari/White Island, the Tongariro Volcanic Centre shows the highest volcanic activity in New Zealand. Several of these have been active in recent years: most of the activity in the past century has been at the steep cone of Ngauruhoe , but there was a small … The image above shows Mount Tongariro as it appeared at 12:55 a.m. New Zealand time on August 7, 2012 (12:55 p.m. Universal Time on August 6). The volcanic vents on Tongariro, Ngauruhoe, and Ruapehu were independent of each other and there was no reason or indication of volcanic activity on Ruapehu, a Mt Ruapehu spokesman said. Tongariro volcano is a large complex volcano with about 12 craters and vents, including the steep stratovolcano Ngauruhoe, which is the focus of most activity in recent times. Ruapehu and Tongariro, which date back before the last ice age, are two of the most active composite volcanoes in the world, with Ruapehu last erupting in 1996. 200 AD – Taupō erupts. Volcanic activity in the zone started about 2 million years ago and continues today. Taupō erupts forming Lake Taupō – the world’s most powerful eruption in 5,000 years. Tongariro. The volcanic vent in the top of the mountain contains a warm, acidic crater lake. A vent of Mt Tongariro becomes active and forms the neighbouring Mt Ngāuruhoe. One Tree Hill, an iconic landmark of Auckland, is formed through volcanic activity. Tongariro volcano remains quiet. Nevertheless, with more than 130,000 tourists per year the eight-hour, 19.4 km (12.1 mi) Tongariro Alpine Crossing is probably the most popular day hike of the country. 500 BC – Mt Ngāuruhoe first begins to erupt. Both Tongariro and Ngauruhoe are part of the “circum-Pacific seismic belt” or “Ring of Fire” region known for its seismic activity and volcanism. The volcanic activity has paved the way for the creation of one of New Zealand’s most famous walking tracks, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.