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Dec 5, 2017 - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

This week I crossed off the final item on my New Zealand bucket list.....The Tongariro Crossing! I'd planned to do the crossing, a 19.4km walk across a volcanic landscape in the shadow of Mount Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom from the LOTR films) quite soon after I arrived in NZ, having seen a friend's photos of the incredible landscape, but had to cancel my plans when the weather turned, so it's been on my to do list ever since. Worked out quite nicely too cause I managed to round up a few other people to do the walk this time and the day was an...

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Dec 4, 2015 - Best Place Ever

Heaven again ! We are here for a whole week and it was a timeshare swap from our Bournemouth place ..what luxury! We have been to Turangi a couple of times and spent a Christmas here, so we have some very fond memories. The amazing coincidence is that we were offered three places in the whole of NZ to swap with our Bournemouth place.... and this one is right across the road from where we stayed eight and ten years ago!! The week just flew by as we revisited some old haunts. The Falls of Taranaki is a two hour walk we did in the pouring...

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Mar 23, 2014 - Tongariro National Park

Got up this morning, had apple cake and blueberries for breakfast, and got on the road shortly after 10, heading north toward Taupo, with no plan. So in between helping Larry navigate, I looked ahead to see where we could go, short of Taupo. And I found Tongariro National Park, so I plugged it into the GPS. It was sunny and nice in Wellington, but there was also a lot of traffic, even on Sunday morning. (Does it mean that I’m antisocial because I hate traffic? L) As we moved north, the traffic lessened, but we began seeing storm clouds...

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Feb 7, 2013 - Tongariro Crossing to Otaki

Today we are hiking the Tongariro Crossing, except we are not "crossing" which is a 1 way hike. We can't do the whole hike because the volcano erupted in November 2012, so we will hike half way, and then turn around & hike back to the beginning. We got up at 5 a.m., met our shuttle at 5:50 a.m., and got a ride to the beginning of the hike. We are above tree line here, but I'm not sure of the elevation, possibly about 4000'. We hike up the valley, and then really start climbing. There are many steps on the trail to avoid erosion. We pass...

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Jan 15, 2013 - Tongariro National Park

We spent a couple of days doing chores in Taupo. We did laundry, grocery shopping, banking, and other shopping. I bought a new pair of hiking boots. I found out that the camper van needed an electrical inspection. It failed the inspection because it was lacking a ground wire from the transformer to the chassis and was not tripping the circuit breaker. It was just a wire that had to be attached to the body with a screw to ground everything. I got all that done and we went for a walk one afternoon along the lake. The weather for the past few...

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Find Tom 5

Jan 14, 2013 - Taupo

Taupo should have been a stopping point for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park is is considered the most popular one-day hike (or tramp as it is called in NZ) in New Zealand. The crossing passes over the volcanic terrain of the multi-cratered active volcano Mt Tongariro, passing the eastern base of Mt Ngauruhoe which can optionally be climbed as a side trip. The track is only open part way, since an eruption in Nov 2012 covered some of it. However the conditions were so bad,i.e. ice...

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Andie Mini Trip 2012

Mar 28, 2011 - Its Doom I Tell You !

.. Mount Doom that is (or Ngauruhoe as they call it here in NZ). It is located in the Tongariro National Park and we set off in lovely weather to walk ‘ The Crossing’. This is a great walk ! and tough even if you don’t include the side trips to the tops of the volcanoes (and boy is Mt Doom steep !). One by one we ticked off the milestones: the Mangatepopo Hut, Soda Springs, South Crater, Red Crater – on and on went our intrepid duo until exhausted, we reluctantly had to turn back again (only to cross paths with youngsters setting off mid...

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Dec 1, 2010 - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

After a few relaxed days in Taupo, it was an early start to jump back on the bus, with new driver 'Metro' and head off to one of the activities I've most been looking forward to - the Tongariro National Park walk - meant to be one of the best one day walks you can do in the whole of New Zealand. Not everyone decided to do it, either because too hungover or lazy, but there was no way I was missing out. We could only go for a guided walk but that meant we got to go a little off the beaten track, which translates as rather than stick to the...

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Jul 15, 2010 - Blue Duck Lodge

We stopped at a hot water river and went for a swim, it was really nice in the water but the ground was frozen so when we got out and ran to the bus our feet were numb! Then we went onto a fram called Blue Duck Lodge. they took us out on buggys round the farm and we did a bit of kayaking, it was really good fun.

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Apr 10, 2010 - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Joining hundreds of other people, we did a one day hike through the very popular volcanic land of the Tongariro National Park, passing Mount Ngauruhoe, with spectacular views along the North Island. At one point of the walk, we could see smoke coming from the still active volcano!

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Apr 7, 2010 - Tongariro Crossing - Sulphur and Volcanos

The Tongariro National Park in the centre of the North Island has DUAL world heritage status due to a) incredible volcanic landscape within the park including lots of active volcanos and (b) special meaning of the place for the Maori who happy for all us donated it to the People of New Zealand. The 'Tongariro Alpine Crossing' is reputedly the Best One Day Hike in All New Zealand. The tramp is also part of a longer Great Walk but you know me - one day walks suit me just fine. As I rest my weary muscles here, I am very happy to report it is...

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Apr 1, 2010 - Ruapehu

Gisteren de Ruapehu beklommen. Dit is de hoogste van de 3 vulkanen in het Tongariro NP met zijn 2967m. Vanuit Iwikau Village, dit is het skidorp dat aan het einde van de Bruce Road ligt die in Whakapapa Village begint, met de zetellift tot 2020m hoogte gegaan en vandaar mijn weg naar boven uitgezocht want er is net als bij de Ngarahau geen uitgestippelde route. Via een minder stijle route tot aan de kraterrand gekomen van de hoofdkrater maar daarna nog een halve halve cirkel langsheen de kraterrand met nog heel wat op en af moeten doen om...

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