Tongariro River Motel
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- Non-smoking rooms
- Microwave in room
- Laundry facilities (self serve)
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
- Non-smoking hotel
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Back at Champagne Charlie we looked at the watch and realised we had completed the hike in just 5 ½ hrs! That was good going! We kicked off our shoes and socks (they were a bit pongy) and hit the road straight away in the direction of Lake Taupo which was our little reward to ourselves for hiking 3 volcanoes in one morning...
A motel with a big bed and a bath to rest our weary legs!
... though when I was walking, my battered knee did not feel good, at all.
It was now time for the part I had been positively dreading. Figuring out how to get to the bottom of Mount Doom from the summit. Mattijs with his walking poles and the French managed to reach our starting point with relative ease by the looks of it, sprinting down like loonies using a method that appeared to involve more skiing than running. I on the other hand, already injured and more wary than ...
... Through the Central Crater we went to the Blue Lake, surrounded by breathtaking views. According to our map, one of these craters was used as the location for the Plains of Gorgoroth in the LOTR films. With Marc having carried Lotte over all the uphill bits it was my turn to take the carrier down the last 8 km or so.
Our descent took us past active volcanic areas with signs emphatically telling us where not to go and steam billowing ...
We were up at 5.00am to drive to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing- a19k walk on it's own but we decide to also climb mount Ngauruhoe (aka Mount Doom from the LOR films!!) which added an extra 2.5 hours onto the round trip! It was so scary climbing a volcano as it was so easy to lose your footing especially on the loose scree and we had to be ...
... how clear the water is. Along the way we also got to see one of the many hydro-electric "schemes" that surround lake Taupo. All around the lake water is being diverted off of mount Ruapehu towards different hydro generating stations, eight in total.
To end our day we had thought of capping ti with a competitive round of mini golf but Turangi goes to sleep early. 16:00 early. We settled on ice cream, but that left ...