Mountains and Volcanes

Trip Start Jan 10, 2005
Trip End May 10, 2005

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Martin and I decided to take advantage of some of the time we had left to see a bit more of the north island and headed south towards Tongorio National Park.

En route, we passed by Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake formed by a volcanic explosion. Lake Taupo is world-renowned for its trout fishing and, like Queenstown, is also a destination for thrill seekers interested in skydiving or bungy jumping. Taupo is also the source of New Zealand's longest river, the Waikato.

Tongorio National Park, located mid-island, was New Zealand's first national park. There are three mountains (volcanoes) located there - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. Mt Ruapehu is the largest and most active volcano in the country. It last erupted in 1995 and made the 1996 ski season for the area a write-off. The Lord of the Rings was filmed in various locations in New Zealand, including Tongariro. There's guidebooks you can buy here re: the filming of the trilogy in the country and young Tolkien fans flock here to see first-hand where the filming took place.

There are many wonderful hikes to do here but we decided not to because 1) we didn't have much time 2) the weather was quite cold and 3) Martin, not having worked for almost four months, was sore from the work he did at the batch the past few days. So we just drove around and enjoyed the scenery.
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