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Mar 21, 2010 - Tongariro National Park

NOTE: Not too much time spent here so we’ve combined pictures and journal entry into one for both Mt. Egmont/Taranaki NP and Tongariro NP. The mountains were calling to us again, so we drove to Mt. Egmont/Taranaki National Park. Now called the Maori name of Taranaki but all the park signs were still in the old English name of Mt. Egmont NP. We stayed in a little town called Stratford which honored Shakespeare by naming all of its streets after his plays, as well as having the only glockenspiel in New Zealand in their town square. Four times...

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Mar 6, 2010 - Tongariro National Park - Mar 5-6

March 5, 2010 Today was supposed to be a quieter day but it turned out a lot different. The plan was to drive from Rotorua to Taupo and onto Tongariro NP, stopping at a couple of places along the way. Our first stop was the grocery store. We seem to spend a lot of time here but not having a fridge and larder to store food, we need to buy stuff about every 2 or 3 days. This isn’t too bad as the supermarkets offer discount on petrol if you spend a certain amount so with the miles we’re doing we’re getting benefit from that, too. We got even...

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Jan 12, 2010 - The Tongariro Crossing

Greetings from Turangi which is located just off the south side of Lake Taupo. Turangi is the home of New Zealand's trout fishing region but also a prime overnight location for people who plan to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which is described by the Lonely Planet as New Zealand's best one day walk and one of the best one day walk's in the world. The 19.4km route passes between Mt Tongariro (1967m) and Mt Ngauruhoe (2287m) two of NZ most active volcanoes, passing multiple springs, craters and sulphur pools. I arrived on Sunday with the...

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Jan 7, 2010 - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Today we did the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which is supposed to be one of the best one day walks in New Zealand. One article said it was 'life-changing'. I didn't know if I could cope with that after yesterdays activities! It crosses between 2 mountains, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro and is 19.4km one way. I was pleased we were going to be doing it but also I did really not want to get up! What an effort to get up out of the sleeping bag. I can't remember what time the alarm went, sometime around 6am I think. We needed to have breakfast -...

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Apr 10, 2009 - Tongariro National Park

Yesterday, Friday, I did a day hike in Tongariro National Park. It had just snowed on the top of the volcanoes, so it looked rather dramatic. I hiked to a turquoise volcanic lake and back. The hike (about 5 hours return) wasn't really difficult but it was very windy and quite cold (as you can see from my clothes). There was also a waterfall on the way. I stayed for two nights in the village, which is just a few hotels and restaurants. It got very cold at night. Now I'm in Taupo and will write more about it in a few days. The central area...

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Jun 30, 2008 - It's finally sunny in National Park

Hey everyone, yes I am still alive. I know I have not posted anything for a few days but I have had absolutely nothing to post since I got here to National Park. it has rained every single day that I have been here which is good for the mountain because they finally got the snow they needed to get operations going but for me sitting in National Park with no ski equipment and rain everyday it has sucked. My days have consisted of working out a little, reading, eating, walking to the gas station/market and watching movies. I have been trying...

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Apr 20, 2008 - The Mountains.

Left Taupo drove south. Through Turangi and on south to our hotel for the night. The Chateau Tongariro. Drove on loop road past Mt.Tongariro, Mt. Ngauruhoe or Mount Doom if you prefer and on to hotel at the foot of Mt. Ruapehu. Heights 1,968, 2,291 and 2,797 metres respectively. Hotel dates back to 1920's but our room in the new wing. Went for swim in the pool. Dinner in the restaurant, and then drinks in front of the log fire - as its a bit colder down here. Completely awesome place - see photos. This place is a MUST DO.

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Apr 12, 2008 - Tongariro Crossing

Cited as the best one day hike in New Zealand and a top 10 walk inthe world, the Tongariro Crossing is 18.5km long and is a 7-8 hours walk. I woke up at 5.00 am to catch a bus service at 5.45 because it takes about 15 minutes to get to the start of the walk. Starting at sometime after 7.am, around 10 of us doing it marched off. The first hour was flat, passing lots of springs. We then climbed the Devil's Staircase for another tough 45 minutes. There the path split to Mt Ngauruhue side track, also known as the Mt Doom from LOTR. We decided...

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Apr 5, 2008 - Tongariro National Park

Everytime I say this has been the best part of my trip I seem to write another entry a week later saying exactly the same thing. So I sharn't say it. But needless to say I definitely enjoyed my three days here. We did the Tongariro Crossing (voted the world's best one day hike) and it certainly lived up the title. After passing Mt Doom (as you do) we quickly (well I say quickly...) made our way up to some volcano. The views at the top were amazing and I was fully expecting Frodo to come popping out from behind a rock any minute, and was...

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Grand Day Out

Mar 20, 2008 - Volcanic Hike

We were eager to leave our campground this morning because it was pretty basic with fairly uncomfortable beds. We also woke up to several new bites on our ankles. Ugh However as we started our drive to the Tongario National Park the typical morning cloud cover gave way to beautiful blue skies and a great view of the volcanoes. We drove through the alpine fields with cute little purple flowers, and tall wispy grass like plants. It was quite nice and we are regretting that we didn't get a good picture of it. When we arrived at the park we...

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Mgirls

Jan 25, 2008 - North Island Update

We all just returned yesterday from our four days on the Whanganui River. Jay and I were with the students the entire time and Liz and the girls joined us for the last night's festivities at Koriniti Marae. I told Ellie that she was sleeping in a Maori palace - it is a large room with beautiful carvings and paintings of ancestors and symbolic icons. I am not sure if she was more excited by the palace or to be sleeping with all of us on mattresses in the same room - giant slumber party! Ellie passed out fairly quickly after dinner...

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Apr 30, 2007 - Tongariro National Park

The next stop in the North island was the Tongariro National Park, where we hoped to do the Tongariro crossing. We had booked 3 nights in the Discovery Lodge, which we found pretty easily after a few oversights with the map (Ruthy!). When we got in we met the really nice people who ran the place, and after they found out we were going to do the crossing they upgraded us for free to a room with a shower, TV, electric blankets and much more space than the backpacker room we'd booked. This was so kind and we really appreciated it on the 2nd...

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