Tongariro River Motel
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- High-speed internet in room
- Non-smoking rooms
- Microwave in room
- Laundry facilities (self serve)
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
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Today we attempted to walk through the valley of the fire and volcanoes aka Mordor. Only, it was the exact opposite. It was raining, fogging, windy, and cloudy. Safe to say, it was the exact opposite of what Frodo and Sam experienced. It didn't seem that the weather was that bad, but the town is at a lower level than the mountain. Our hostel owner drove us to the starting line of our alternative hike and along the way the weather just got worse and worse. It ...
... is no need for a guide, you simply follow the orange arrows and the person in front, if you can see them. We were lucky to even be able to attempt the walk, as the Stray bus before us had their trek cancelled due to high winds (whilst we were sat at Blue Duck talking about how the conditions looked perfect for them), but before we set of we were not convinced that walking into the looming cloud would allow for the spectacular views the Tongariro Crossing promises, this coupled with ...
... sentence and both us agreed in pained nods.
Lunch was a welcomed sit down with a beautiful view over the emerald lakes which were the most incredible blue in the afternoon sunlight. After downing a couple of painkillers with my cheese and ham sandwiches, I willed myself to carry on. The food and the ibuprofen once they eventually kicked on gave Mattijs and I the momentum to carry on. It was a beautiful afternoon with views across towards Lake Taupo and down deep into ...
... our 6am shuttle bus to the start of the walk in Tongariro National Park. Given that it's a one way crossing unless you are in a group with two cars and can leave one at one end, it makes sense to make use of the regular shuttle buses to move you around the area. There were 40 of us so the $25 bus was a no brainer rather than try to figure out who was going to wait for who at the end. Tongariro National Park has 3 main active volcanoes: Mount Ruapehu is the largest peak at ...
... pretty area, with Lake Taupo its crown jewel. We didn't really explore it extensively as Lotte fell asleep soon after Wai-O-Tapu so it was mostly a case of visiting their Countdown store and having a picnic in the park whilst Lotte kept snoozing.
We trundled on to Tongariro National Park and as we made our way to our campsite, the Discovery Lodge, we got a glimpse of the awesome volcanoes we would be visiting - the plan was to do the 20 ...