Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


dh000042.jpg  Don't do it unless you have some experience of strenuous day walks. The path is rough in places and you need good footware. Thin soles result in very bruised feet at the end of the day.The weather can change dramatically through the day. Carry waterproof

The Tongariro Crossing is a fairly strenuous 12 mile walk through some excellent volcanic scenery

Don't do it unless you have some experience of strenuous day walks. The path is rough in places and you need good footware. Thin soles result in very bruised feet at the end of the day. The weather can change dramatically through the day. Carry waterproof


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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These are all pictures of plants taken beside the track on the Tongariro crossing walk

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


dh000046.jpg  Erosion can be rapid if these surfaces are disturbed. An old larva flow to the right of the path.

Board walks carry the path over sensitive areas

Erosion can be rapid if these surfaces are disturbed. An old larva flow to the right of the path.


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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The line of people in the distance helps give scale to this view

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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The path has come up the valley beyond the person on the rock, with a long steep and rocky ascent at the head of the valley

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


dh000064.jpg  You can see the line of people climbing the crater rim at the far end.

The path ahead crosses a broad level crater

You can see the line of people climbing the crater rim at the far end.


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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When you reach the crater rim, the view suddenly opens out over the volcanic landscape beyond

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


dh000068.jpg  In wet weather this section is a very slippery clay, and you will wish you had worn proper walking boots with good soles!Notice the way mark poles at regular intervals. If the mist comes down and you don't see a pole stop!

This is the only section of path where there is any feeling of exposure

In wet weather this section is a very slippery clay, and you will wish you had worn proper walking boots with good soles! Notice the way mark poles at regular intervals. If the mist comes down and you don't see a pole stop!


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


dh000077.jpg  Keep back from the edges which can crumble without warning.

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Keep back from the edges which can crumble without warning.


dh000078.jpg  Many people stopped for lunch on the patches of hot ground on the craters edge. Take care. A tiny steam vent can be scalding hot - don't put your hand on it to see how hot it is!

This day started hot and sunny, but by lunch time had turned bitterly cold

Many people stopped for lunch on the patches of hot ground on the craters edge. Take care. A tiny steam vent can be scalding hot - don't put your hand on it to see how hot it is!


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


dh000084.jpg  Easy walking down, almost impossible back up. Note that this is an active volcano - it is just not errupting at the moment.

The path down from the summit is a loose scree

Easy walking down, almost impossible back up. Note that this is an active volcano - it is just not errupting at the moment.


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


dh000100.jpg  The path is very well maintained with gravel over a plastic mesh.Further down the path passes a group of hot springs. This is a sacred Maori site and not open to the public.

This is followed by a long descent down grassy hillsides

The path is very well maintained with gravel over a plastic mesh. Further down the path passes a group of hot springs. This is a sacred Maori site and not open to the public.


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Below the springs the path descends into podocarp - hardwood forests and the humidity rises

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


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Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing

Walking in New Zealand: Tongariro Crossing


dh000138.jpg  Tongariro on the left and Mt Ngauruhoe on the right

Picture taken from the main road on the way to Whakapappa

Tongariro on the left and Mt Ngauruhoe on the right