Video: Trampers flee as Mt Tongariro erupts

Last updated 20:20 21/11/2012

A hiking group from Tamatea Intermediate School got a close-up and spectacular experience of the Mt Tongario eruption.

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A Napier school trip turned unexpectedly dramatic today when Mt Tongariro  erupted.

Up to 90 Napier schoolchildren were on the mountain, two hours into a tramp on the Tongariro track.

Tamatea Intermediate teacher Lomi Schaumkel said the group - which also included six parents and four teachers - was near the Katetahi hot springs when they saw the beginnings of the eruption.

School staff captured this footage.

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- Fairfax Media

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