Oh my, this is one huge lake…actually, it’s not a lake, it’s a huge volcano that has exploded and sunk down, to create a crater. Apparently, when this thing blew, it turned the sky red in both China AND Rome..WOW! That’s huge! I’ve heard that when this thing goes, well, it will be very very bad.
Anyway, for my 28th birthday, I walked the Tongariro Crossing, which is an 8-10 hour hike over Mt. Tongariro, and through Mt. Ngauruhoe (also known as Mt. Doom from Lord of the Rings), and along Mt. Taranaki. Not only is that a mouthful, but it’s also a huge walk! The weather was perfect, not a cloud in the sky, the temperature and wind were mild, one couldn’t have asked for a better day on the Tongariro! Just amazing. I HIGHLY recomend it to anyone and everyone who comes to New Zealand. The feeling of accomplishment after completeing this huge walk is incomparible to anything I’ve done in a while…Happy Birthday to me! That’s one I definately won’t forget!
Found applied for and interviewed for a job with a sky diving company…apparently, Taupo Tandem Sky Diving is the best and cheapest place in NZ to take your skyive!
Rough feet? Check out the shore of this ancient volcano, it’s full of foot smoothing pumice!
Don’t miss the natural hot pools or the Craters of the Moon!
And stop by The Huka Falls! A whole olympic sized pool rushes through this waterfall ever 4 seconds!
Hands down, best backpacker in the North Island: The Blackcurrant! Tell Beth “Hi!” from me!