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Tongariro

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  • Day273

    Das „Tongariro Crossing“ wird von allen Reiseführern als ein „Muss“ beschrieben und das können wir nun auch bestätigen. Der Track beginnt im Wald und wird landschaftlich immer kahler, bis zur buchstäblichen Wanderung auf dem Mond …
    Mein absolutes Highlight waren die blau-türkisen Seen, der rote Krater und ein kurzer Blick auf den Schicksalsberg (Mt. Ngauruhoe)!

    Daten der Wanderung: 1100m Besteigung auf eine Höhe von 1900m (Red Crater), 22Km komplett :-) Puh!Read more

  • Day142

    Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    January 31, 2017 in New Zealand

    Die schönste Eintageswanderung Neuseelands durch den Togariro Nationalpark!
    Wir haben 8.45 Stunden für die 19.4 Km gebraucht. Es hat sich gelohnt auch wenn es sehr anstrengend war und wir alle Muskelkater haben.

  • Day17

    The plan for the day was to do our first sky dive however when we woke up the sky was too cloudy for the skydive to go ahead. In a change of plan for the day we visited the Orakei Korako Geothermal Park which features hot springs, geysers and mud pools. It smelt like rotten eggs it was quite off putting but the sights of the bubbling water and mud was cool.

    That afternoon as we walked along the lake front we met a man who did parasailing. Neither of us had done a parasail before but we decided that it would be a good alternative activity to the initially planned skydive. We were fitted with harnesses and life jackets before the boat sailed into Lake Taupo. When we were in open water the instructors set up the parachute and attached our harnesses to the parachute. We glided above the boat and water for about 10 minutes. It was enjoyable watching the scenery while gliding in the wind.

    The following day we headed to the Aratiatia Dam to watch the gates open letting hundreds of litres of water cascade down the river rapids below. The gates are opened twice a day and are a tourist attraction due to the magnificent sound the water makes as it flows quickly down the river below. Afterwards we did Jetboating on the Waikato River which was so much fun. We drove to the Huka Falls and got sprayed by the waterfall and then splashed plenty of times as we did 360 turns on the water. It was class and a good way to get the adrenaline going.

    The Tongario Alpine Crossing is a weather dependent hike over active volcanos in the middle of New Zealand. As it is nearly Wintertime here, we prepared for the rain and snow but hadn't expected the sunny beautiful day we actually got. We drove to the end point at 5:30 am and got a bus back to the start point just in time for the sunrise. As the sun rose up it lit up the volcano mountain that we would be hiking for the day. The hike up the mountain to the top took three hours, part of the hike was steep while other parts were gradual. However the hike up the mountain didn't actually seem as hard due to the beautiful scenery we could look out at as we got higher up the ridge. At the top of crater there was a lake the colour of emerald green which gave a stunning reflection of its surroundings in the sunlight. The hike down the mountain was long and tiring as the track seemed to go on for ages however when we were delighted when we eventually arrived back to the car six hours after starting the hike. We were very lucky with the weather today and I think it made the hike easier as we could appreciate the beautiful surroundings.
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  • Day14

    Climbing the tongariro alpine crossing

    May 5, 2016 in New Zealand

    So yesteday we woke up extra early (5am) to get to the Tongariro alpine crossing (for you Lord of the rings fans, it's mount doom in the films... Or so I've been told). It is a 19.4km hike up and down a mountain. The peak that we hit was 1886m and it was calculated at about 40, 000 steps.

    I made sure to bring enough food and water for the trek and actually packed way too much. I kept offering it to the people I was climbing with because I was hoping to lighten my bag. This was actually really good because they didn't bring enough food. They repeated that chief steeeeeeeeeeve takes care of his women and that made me laugh on several occasions. I kept with a pretty big group of people because they had a really good pace and they pointed out several amazing picture spots. The trek ended up being about 7 hours and was beautiful. It has been the highlight of my trip so far but that doesn't mean much since I have been thinking that every day.

    Today was a relaxing day so ill include it here too. We got up and then drove down to Wellington. We stopped a couple of times, once to do a rubber boot throwing contest at a small town that is known for it called Taihape. We split the group into the girls and boys and our group leader said he would buy a drink for the winners, and I won! Yay!!!!! I tried throwing the boot like a baseball and it worked pretty well. Just checked into the hostel for the night, tomorrow we will lose about 6 people as we head off to the south Island but we gain 5. So it will be a bitter sweet night. Anyways, I'm glad that I caught up to real time. Hopefully i will be able to keep up from now on.
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  • Day9

    8. Tag Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    March 10, 2017 in New Zealand

    Für den Tag war kein Regen gemeldet, also freuten wir uns umso mehr auf den knapp 20km langen Trail. Pünktlich um 6 Uhr wurden wir abgeholt und zum ca. 50 Autominuten entfernten Startpunkt Mangatepopo car park. Kurz nach 7 Uhr ging es dann los und zu Beginn war schon irgendwie enttäuschend, da schon 10 Busladungen Menschen vor uns abgesetzt wurden und es nur laut und bunt statt grün und ruhig war. Nach 30 Minuten einwandern ging es kontinuierlich nach oben und die Ameisenstraße voller bunter Outdoorjacken wurde schnell durchbrochen. Die Aussicht war herrlich. Nach 1,5 Stunden nahm leider das Hauptproblem des Tages zu, der Nebel. Ein Aufstieg auf den Ngauruhoe machte auf dem anspruchsvollen und nicht befestigten Weg keinen Sinn. Also ging es den Trail weiter. Nun war der Abzweig zum Mt.Tongariro erreicht, für den man ca. 1,5 Stunden extra einplanen sollte. Der Nebel war weiterhin da, der sportliche Ehrgeiz aber auch. Nach 1967 Höhenmetern hatten wir den Gipfel erreicht. Die letzte Eruption gab es 2012 und der Schwefelgeruch war ein ständiger Begleiter. Es war extrem windig und kalt, aber wir waren komplett ausgestattet und auf Wetterumschwünge vorbereitet. Zu sehen gab es leider nichts, Nebel. Vorbei an sehr schönen Kraterseen, natürlich vom Nebel eingehüllt, ging nun schon wieder Richtung Ende. An einer Stelle verzog sich nun der Nebel und wir hatten binnen 5 Sekunden komplett freie Sicht ins Tal, unglaublich. Ketetahi war nun noch 2 Stunden entfernt und das Ende in Sicht.Read more

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