After a slow drive south along Lake Taupo (biggest lake in the southern hemisphere, caused by one giant vulcanic explosion) we are now at Tongariro National Park. Today Flo and I ventured out to do the world-famous Tongariro Crossing, a 7-8 hrs walk between the vulcanoes, climbing up more than 800 mtrs. It was amazing! The three volcanoes are still active, and one of them, Ngauruhoe (aka Mt Doom in Lord of the Rings) is due to erupt for 20 years now.. oO Some places are smoking and smell of sulphur, just out of the rocks. You can also climb Ngauruhoe or Tongariro, the walk up to Ngauruhoe practically being a walk up a black wall. Since there were quite a few clouds up there we chose Tongariro instead. Phew, I’m tired now! (which maybe explains this mess of a story xP)
H ave fun and take care!