Tongariro River Motel
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- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
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Deciding we were ready for some more serious adventuring, we booked ourselves on to the Tongariro Northern Circuit - a 43km trek taking in the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Despite great weather driving up to Whakapapa, the start of the circuit was a bit ominous with side-ways misty rain starting to fall the second we put our packs on and started on the track; we were ...
... of you who have watched Lord of the Rings, the Tongariro crossing was the location used for the Dead Marshes, the main back drop for the black gate and . . . . .Mount Doom!! And with good reason! It's the most bleak and down right un inviting location you have ever seen when the weather is as bleak as your thought! You could see the peak, or half the path for half the time! And there was a constant stream of hikers who had turned back due to the route ...
... through woodland and over streams but by now any thoughts of enjoying the scenery are long gone as I walk like a man possessed, desperate to get to the end as my legs burn with tiredness. The final stretch seems to go on forever until finally we round the corner and the tin roofed information board comes into view and we had completed the much celebrated crossing. BBQ and beer awaited us back at the campsite. A video of the crossing can be found here: http://youtu.be/wWT4l_OIISA ...
... br> The track down to the lakes was just sandy gravel. And very very steep. How on earth people doing the walk the opposite way around manage to climb up that way we will never know. The only safe way to get down was really to just roll with it. Let the shifting sand take you with it. A bit like going downhill on skis.
Even so it was still hard work and our boots were filling up with bits of grit as the sand was covering our feet as they sunk into the ...
... 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 ...