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Tongariro Crossing

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 12:19 am
by Tony
Hi All,

I found some time to do the Tongariro Crossing, it is a 18.5 k tramp through a volcanic area in the centre of the North Island. It has steep 800 meter climb at the start from 1100 meter start to 1900m at the top of Red Crater. This is considered one of the best day walks anywhere in the world.

Tony

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some days up to 2000 people tramp the crossing but this day only about 350 did it.
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Mt Ngauruhoe through the mist
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Spot the tramper on the side of Mt Ngauruhoe (small white dot in the middle)
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Green lake
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The view from Green lake Red Crate in the foreground then Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu covered in snow at the back. Image
Looking into Red Crater
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Emerald Lakes as seen in Lord of the Rings

Re: Tongariro Crossing

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:05 pm
by zelph
Interesting place to hike. Great photos.

Is the water in the Emerald Lakes warm/hot? I see steam in the background close to them.

When was the last volcanic activity? Thanks for taking us on tour via photos :)

Re: Tongariro Crossing

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:48 pm
by Tony
Hi Zelph,

Is the water in the Emerald Lakes warm/hot? I see steam in the background close to them.


I am not sure I was not game to stick my hand in the water.

When was the last volcanic activity?


Below is a URL with some info on the geology of the Tongariro area, Mt Ruapehu in the background erupts quite often, last year a walker was injured when a large rock was thrown up by Ruapehu and it landing on a hut he was sleeping in.

http://www.teara.govt.nz/EarthSeaAndSky/NaturalHazardsAndDisasters/HistoricVolcanicActivity/3/en

Tony