November 25, 2015
Tongariro crater cleared
Ngati Tuwharetoa has lifted the rahui placed after eruptions on Tongariro Maunga three years ago.
Tuwharetoa spokesperson Te Ngaehe Wanikau says the rahui extending for a radius of a kilometre around Upper Te Maari crater was placed as a warning to help the Department of Conservation manage volcanic risks to visitors and staff on the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
GNS Science now believes all volcanic unrest associated with the 2012 eruptions over.
In August that year there was an eruption at Te Maari on the maunga’s northern flank, with a smaller eruption five weeks later.
The Department of Conservation and Ngati Tuwharetoa advise visitors that visitors approaching the crater still need to be wary of volcanic and alpine hazards, including superheated toxic gasses, unstable ground and rockfalls,
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