Tongariro National Park

Trip Start Sep 30, 2013
1
48
88
Trip End May 31, 2014


Loading Map
Map your own trip!
Map Options
Show trip route
Hide lines
shadow

Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Thursday, February 13, 2014




-
-
-
-
-


Thursday 13th February


We took a `Nakedbus` for the 7 hour trip from Auckland to Tongrariro National Park.
On the way we stopped for a lunch break at Tokoroa where there was a statue of a bloke with a chain saw. Tree felling is big in these parts.

Friday 14th February

There being persistent but light rain with little prospect of  better weather today, we took a couple of short walks in the national park, one to Silica Rapids and the other to Tongariro Falls.

The country side was nice, but not spectacular. There were lots of Hebe looking happier than they do in my garden in Looe - the Hebe is native to New Zealand. 


 

-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-

Saturday 5th February

We were very lucky with the weather forecast - it was spot on, and today was the first day without rain in these parts for a week. The main reason for coming to ths park was to walk the Tongariro Crossing  and it was a TERRIFIC TREK. 

This is a full day's 18.5 Km (11.5 miles) walk going up 800m and down 1,000.
 
We got a bus from our hostel for an 8am start, then walked gently up hill for a mile where there was a warning sign: 
  • Are you sufficiently well equipped? 
  • Are you fit enough?
  • You are entering an active volcano zone.
  • This is your last chance to turn back!   
Needless to say we carried on, with several hundred other people. This is NZ`s most highly rated one day walk and it was a sunny Saturday moning in late summer.

 


The next section was a steep up but the steps were very good, though not as classy nor as severe as the Inca steps of Machu Pichu. This brought us to the south crater, a desolate plain littered with lava bombs ranging from golf ball to football sized. We then had another much harder 300 meters to  climb over volcanic scree to the Red Crater which is indeed a deep shade of red. This is the highest point. It is only 1900 meters above sea level, but it was decidely chilly. Without the sunshine it would have been sub zero.

There followed a 200 meter scramble down loose crumbly volcanic gravel to a set of 3 startingly bright Emerald Lakes and then a gentle incline to the Blue Lake. 



The last part is a 3 hour down hill section loosing 1,000 meters over 5 miles and ending in some lovely forest. Initially it takes one past the steaming crater about which there are many warnings of sudden volcanic activity. This is where the 2012 night time eruption took place. It caused a mini tsunami in the volcanic lake which flooded a nearby climber's hut and the drowning occupants only survived due to the floor collapsing and allowing the water to drain away.

The photos should speak for themselves (...more to follow)

 

 

Slideshow Report as Spam

Comments

Viv Sullivan on

stunning pics, you must be quite fit at the moment

Add Comment

Use this image in your site

Copy and paste this html: