The volcano last erupted in 2007, injuring a 22-year old teacher and causing earthquakes in the area, but it has remained active ever since with several warnings being made in the last decade.

Le Ngauruhoe et le Ruapehu vus du sommet du TongariroWikimedia

Interestingly, while Mount Raupehu was used for close up scenes of the iconic mountain, all the distance shots were of another New Zealand volcano, Mount Ngauruhoe.

However, they couldn’t film on the summit of Ngauruhoe itself because the mountain is sacred to the Māori in that region.

Hopefully, the activity will die down in a few weeks, unless this recent activity is the stirrings of Sauron forging a new ring to rule us all…