Travel Blogs from Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

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The Pikes tackle Mordor, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

The Pikes tackle Mordor

A travel blog entry by martinandkate

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... book. They had space for us both on site with a powered connection and in the second shuttle in the morning to the Tongariro National Park. Most of the parks in the area offer this kind of service but the Discovery Lodge is the closest based to the start ...

Journey to Mount Doom, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Journey to Mount Doom

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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Our next stop after New Plymouth was Tongariro National Park and this meant driving along the Forgotten World Highway, a very winding road through some impressive scenery and New Zealand farmland. The National Park is a really cool volcanic area with a ...

Best day walk in New Zealand, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Best day walk in New Zealand

A travel blog entry by anatkramer

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It was about time I'd experienced what's known as 'The best day walk in New Zealand'. A title like this unfortunately attracts the wrong kind of people. On the ten day walks , you might see 3-4 people each day and maybe even less , where as on a track ...

Sort of Tongariro Crossing, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Sort of Tongariro Crossing

A travel blog entry by emanddave

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... their hotel - was v nice and said our goodbyes. The weather was attempting to clear up so we went down to the Tongariro National Park to try and do a walk and hope that we might at least see some of the nearby volcanoes. After consulting the tourist ...

Mount Ngauruhoe aka Mount Doom, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Mount Ngauruhoe aka Mount Doom

A travel blog entry by coopertrooper

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The next weekend Kat, Shani, Aaron, me and Aaron decided to drive back South again and visit the Tongariro National park, to walk the famous Tongariro crossing and climb Mount Ngauruhoe. If you speak English you pronounce it: Nara-ho-ee. If you fancy the ...

Tongario National Park - Day 254-255, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Tongario National Park - Day 254-255

A travel blog entry by christosp

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Day 254 - 01/11/08 Woke up with the intention of hiking the famous Alpine crossing through the Tongariro National Park. Unfortunately a cold front is sweeping north across the country today with winds of over 100kph and visibility is zero over 1000 ...

Have skis, will fall, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Have skis, will fall

A travel blog entry by escapetherace

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... south towards the town of Bulls, famous for its bulls would you believe, where we turned left to head north towards the Tongariro National Park, film location for many a boring scene in Lord of the Rings. After 175km on the road we stopped in Ohakune, ...

These boots were made for walkin', Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

These boots were made for walkin'

A travel blog entry by dazzla

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... . I've had a fantastic time here, what with the spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, and crazy pant-filling activities. Definitely put New Zealand near the top of your list of places to visit. Next stop is the tiny South Pacific island of Rarotonga in ...

Mount Doom and more Glowworms, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Mount Doom and more Glowworms

A travel blog entry by keithandkim

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... earth. We are heading to Tongariro to complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. A 19.5km hike crossing the Tongariro Active volcanic range. Highly regarded as one of New Zealand's most popular day hikes and known to be one of the best in NZ. We arrived ...

Into The Very Fires Of Mordor, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Into The Very Fires Of Mordor

A travel blog entry by aknztrip

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... toast instead.) A bus drove us to the starting point of the Tongariro Crossing. Widely considered the best day hike in New Zealand, Tongariro Crossing is 19.4 kilometers long (12 miles) and takes you over an active geothermal area. It also provides you ...

Tongariro Crossing, Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand travel blog

Tongariro Crossing

A travel blog entry by supertrampz

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... in the distance. We had a lengthy rest at Ketahi hut halfway down where we ate lunch and sunbathed (and experienced New Zealand's smelliest latrine) then another stop at a thermally heated stream where we bathed our tired feet. Down through some scenic ...

Take me to the Volcano, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Take me to the Volcano

A travel blog entry by alasdairm

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Moving on north today I took the small kiwi traveler bus up to Tongariro National Park home of New Zealand's best 1 day walk. Dan who also got on at Wellington was planning on doing the same walk being one of those travelers who immediately introduces ...

Recovering from all night football bash!, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Recovering from all night football bash!

A travel blog entry by vickersontour

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We didn't make it out of bed until 11.30am today after last nights activities. We went and had bacon sandwiches by one of the big log fires - it was great. The snow is still rubbish up the mountains and the conditions are quite poor, so we definitely ...

5 hour bush walk - must need a shave!, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

5 hour bush walk - must need a shave!

A travel blog entry by vickersontour

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... Our walk took us along Fisher Track, through the Erua Forest to the Taranaki Lookout. There were some amazing views over the National Park from here. We then continued to Tupapakurua Falls through the dense woods. This was very steep, up and down, ...

Here's Johnny!, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Here's Johnny!

A travel blog entry by scottwoz

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... I think I'd have just ended up pissing a lot of people off. We're actually staying in Whakapapa village which is in the Tongariro National Park. As the crossing was off, some of us managed to embark on a few hikes. I took a short hobble around one ...

Visiting Mt. Doom, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Visiting Mt. Doom

A travel blog entry by sfrtw

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From Bulls, we drove north towards Tongariro National Park.  We first headed to the Whakapapa Ski Area, which was the scenery used for LOR Mordor. The scenery was fantastic, check out the pics!  We walked around a bit and had great views of Mt. ...

Breaking in the camping gear..., Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Breaking in the camping gear...

A travel blog entry by roundtheworld

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Spent the morning cruising around a geothermal springs adventure park !! Lots of bubbling mud, yellow sulpher pools and stinky eggs smell. Cool champagne lake orange, blue steaming lake. 10.30 everday geyser erruption, amazing how it goes off at the same ...

On the road to Mordor, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

On the road to Mordor

A travel blog entry by vicki

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Oh wow! What an amazing day! I've just spent 7 hours walking the Tongariro Crossing, between the volcanos of Mount Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings) and Mount Tongariro, and it was just the most amazing thing!!! The day started with lots ...

Volcano country, Taupo/Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Volcano country

A travel blog entry by vicki

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... weather for the last few days, either raining, or threatening to. The worst thing about that is that it meant I couldn't do the Tongariro Crossing, one of the best day walks in NZ, and one that I definitely wanted to do. There are supposed to be ...

Misty Mountains, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Misty Mountains

A travel blog entry by alasdairm

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... it was low cloud and grey skies, at least they got the not raining part right. The 7:15am depart to the start of New Zealand's best one day walk certainly upped the better be worth it feeling with the thought of the 6-8 hour hike ahead. Starting ...

Into Middle Earth, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Into Middle Earth

A travel blog entry by vickersontour

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After bacon sandwiches in the hostel, we jumped on the bus and headed towards Tongariro National Park (also known as Middle Earth for Lord of the Rings fans). The hostel in Taupo was pretty good actually. It had a tv room, pool table, cheap bar and ...

Snowboarding Attempt Number 1, Turoa, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Snowboarding Attempt Number 1

A travel blog entry by shonandgraham

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... start of winter. The weather was like winter as well, with cloud and rain. We left Taupo and drove to Tongariro National Park and stopped at a place called Okahune, the base for Turoa Skifield, with the intention of doing two days snowboarding and one ...

Journey into Mordor, Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand travel blog

Journey into Mordor

A travel blog entry by stevejames

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Stroll in the Park, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Stroll in the Park

A travel blog entry by thelees

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... Mount Doom was apparently shot on the slopes of both Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe, two of the three volcanic mountains in this national park. Apparently Mount Doom's peak was based on the shape of Mt Ngauruhoe but they weren't allowed to film up there as ...

Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

A travel blog entry by joshandtara

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... us wait. After the long process of getting our car, we finally got it all straightened out and headed to the Tongariro National Park. Unfortunately during that process, Tara stubbed her toe and took her nail off, which jeopardized our hike across the ...

Mordor, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Mordor

A travel blog entry by maireadandconor

... bring back to The Shire. But alas Middle Earth's temperamental weather had thrown them a snow storm! the walk to Mount Doon (Tongariro) would have to be called off for a second time! A bitterly disappointed pair of hobbits turned back and headed to ...

Doomed, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Doomed

A travel blog entry by samsonite32

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... it’s architecture or cities in general so we didn’t hang around and decided to stick to what New Zealand does best and headed to Tongariro National Park to get into some volcanic activity.  We arrived in the dark and set up the tent ...

NZ Part 4 - Volcanoes and Hobbitses!, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

NZ Part 4 - Volcanoes and Hobbitses!

A travel blog entry by rubyandzara

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... (Mount Doom!) We stopped in a small town to buy some food supplies for the next few days as we were heading for a National Park. We stayed in a campsite that had good facilities; a playground, trampoline, air hockey game and a private spa. The next ...

Lord of the rings part two, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Lord of the rings part two

A travel blog entry by lauracollett88

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... , a place of lush hills and a good cider and pie. My next instalment is an 8 hour trek through middle earth via the Tongariro alpine crossing. This expedition also went through the realms of Mordor (A and O X-Ray) to mount doom (mt Nhauruhoe) to which I ...

To cross or not to cross..., Tongariro National Park, New Zealand travel blog

To cross or not to cross...

A travel blog entry by heathermills

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On arrival in Turangi, our base for exploring the national park, we checked into Extreme Backpackers and booked ourselves on the morning (7.30am !!) bus to the start of the Tongariro Crossing. The Tongariro Crossing is the most famous one day walk in ...

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