Tongariro National Park

Trip Start Sep 06, 2004
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Trip End May 22, 2005


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Scotel Alpine resort

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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

We were due to leave taupo at about 10.30am, so it gave me time to have a walk around,find some breakfast and and inter net cafe. taupo is a lovely place and I would have liked to have stayed there for a few days, but I had arranged to met Esther in Wellington the next day. I will be going back to Taupo at some point and staying for a little longer.
After I had had some breakfast and read my mails, I returned to the hostel to get back on to the bus, but the bus had broken down and we had to wait for a while. we finally left at about 11am and headed towards the Tongariro National Park.
For all of you Lord of the rings fans Mt Ruapehu was Mt Doom in the film.
Mt Ruapehu is a very active volcano and last erupted properly in 1995 and the following year, it coughed and spluttered a little and sent ash clouds high into the sky. the other two active volcanoes in the national park are Mt. Tongariro and Mt. Ngauruhoe. The Tongariro crossing is meant to be one of the worlds best walks, but the weather was not with us on this trip and the crossing was closed.
We stayed at the Scotel Alpine Resort, which is situated in Whakapapa village. I have to explain that this is the funniest named village I have come accross-ever! and heres why - In Maori WH together are pronounced as a soft "F" in English, so Whakapapa is said as " fuck-a-papa" still makes me giggle.
Scotel is a lovely place a bit like a large log cabin and they have great beds, the best I have slept in so far.
I spent the whole time just chilling out in my bed with a good book and so music on my headphones.
When I woke up in the morning it was snowing, which really threw me because when we left Taupo is was sunny and now I had snow to deal with-maddness.
The National park and surrounding area are so spectacular and ruggedly beautiful, it really is an amazing place and hopefully when I return I will be able to walk the crossing.
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