Tongariro Crossing Day ~ New Zealand (Aotearoa)

The second day is the big day.  Up to 2000 people can do the day hike on a busy summer day, so we tried to start early to avoid the masses. The clouds did not comply, so I ended up sitting and waiting for them to clear at the different sites through the day.  Sabrina and Luke climbed ‘Mount Doom’ of LOTR fame.  It was a very amazing day ~ the weather was beautiful as long as you were patient!

It has changed a lot in the 10 years since I was last here.  Mount Ngauruhoe erupted a few times, one of which landed a boulder onto one of the huts (luckily unoccupied at the time!).  It went through the roof and the bunks.  I didn’t go past that way on this trip, but they left it intact for display and the hut is now a day shelter only.

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A cloudy start to the day.

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Sunrise

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The valley below

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Mount Ngauruhoe or ‘Mount Doom’

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Crater floor

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Crater floor.  You can see tiny little people down there!

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Emerald Lakes

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The Red Crater with Mount Ngauruhoe behind

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Blue Lake

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Red Crater and Mount Ngauruhoe

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Another of the Emerald Lakes

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Emerald Lake w/ red crater

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Hiking down the lava flow, Mount Ngauruhoe

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A little life in the lava flow

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Sunset

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