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... the title "world's best" there was a lot of crowds and other walkers about, but we did not delay as some were and covered the first stretch fairly quickly, all the time Mount Doom rearing above us. There was a lot of the filming for LOTR, specifically the Mordor scenes, around the crossing and, walking amongst it, we could see why. The boulders and rocks strewn about the place as well as the continual volcanic activity meant very little in ...
... Valley was glacially carved out during the last ice age and subsequently partially in-filled by lava flows from Ngauruhoe.Note the different colours on the lava flows as you walk up the valley. The surface colour of younger lava is darker and absorbs much of the sun's heat – this is a harsh environment for plants to grow and the reason why the youngest ...
... the bus home which we just got off. The first relic we encountered was a volcanic risk indicator, there was a chance the active Mount Rahui could erupt and we could be grave danger, let us hope good fortune favour our fate. It was cool and I had my elvish fleece of warming on but after a couple of hundred metres I began to heat up and off what strange malevolent forces try our resolve, I took off the fleece and could feel the sun start to burn my skin. The walk was very ...
... huge tree roots. Basically, we treated it as a life or death assault course, all that was missing was some camouflage facepaint and khakis.
We were almost surprised when we stumbled across the car park at 1:15pm. The route in all took around six hours. Although we were completely buggered (I nearly fell asleep waiting for the bus on a patch of grass) we could have gone further, mostly on sheer adrenaline and Brunchbars.
When we got back to the hostel, ...
... and not much light so that everything is damp and dark. Wednesday 25th December - Whakapapa DOC site Christmas Day. Managed to get an internet connection and called mum and dad in England even though it was Christmas Eve in England. Had a lovely chat about our trip and caught up on their news. Spoke to Oli who was working. Seems weird not being with all my family on Christmas Day but that is how things have worked out this year. There are a number of walks from ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSki Haus National Park Village
A decent enough hostel, but certainly not the best; generally cold most of the time and just not all that homely. It's one of those hostel which receives 90% of its custom during the winter for the ski season, and that's what it kinda feels like - a place to dump your stuff before heading out elsewhere. Provides everything you need, but lacks that little extra which makes a great hostel.
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