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Whakapapa Village

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  • Day42

    Day 42/72: Tongariro Crossing

    December 8, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We woke up early to get the shuttle bus to the start of the Tongariro Crossing! It was a cold morning and we were walking up to over 1800m so we wrapped up warm. We wolfed down big bowls of cereal, made some ham and cheese cobs and set off for the bus.

    The bus was full and we arrived at the crossing with about 40 other people. There were already lots of people there, it was a beautiful Saturday after all and the weather promised to stay clear and dry. We began the walk pretty much as soon as we got off the bus, interestingly the driver who took us there becomes responsible for anyone who they bring to the crossing, and has to ensure that they are finished by the end of the day and if not the driver has to go and find them.

    The scenery was fantastic, mountains right in front of us and snow capped peaks looming up from the lava rock that we were walking across. The crowds had come in droves though and at the start it felt a lot like quick queueing instead of hiking. But as Izzi marched on ahead, overtaking people as if she had somewhere to be, the crowds thinned out and walking became much more pleasant. The first section was all uphill and before long we'd stopped to take off all our layers, change into shorts and layered on the suncream. The scenery was brilliant all the way: you'll see in the pictures.
    The path was decent too, gravel and staired, and then we came over a ridge and for about a mile it was completely flat with mountains to our left and right. It felt like a huge crater on the moon (or what you'd imagine that to look like if you walked across it). We then had to scramble out of the crater on the other side, and at the top stopped to have a waffle and an apple, and sit looking over the rolling hills and mountains around us, truly spectacular! We carried on up the hill and below the top of the peak we saw 3 lakes steeply below us, with steam rising from random points in the ground. The walk down there was tricky, patches of loose dry mud that sank under your feet, and gravel on top of very hard dry rock which made you skid. At this point we felt sorry for the people struggling in trainers and plimsoles, and we slightly wondered at the end if they had fallen or not. It was tough going and the steam began to drift across the path, filling out heads with the smell of badly rotten eggs (this won't quite translate in the pictures). We walked around the lakes, taking lots of photos and then left quickly as the stench was getting to us.

    The hike from that point was all downhill, and the landscape below us began to reveal itself. It was stunning, and we were walking towards it and could see for miles. What a great hike! The further we got down, the more the landscape changed. The greener the plants got and the higher they grew. After a few hours, we'd gone from walking through barran desert to walking through a lush green forest. It'd taken us 5 and a half hours of walking, and we sat at the end waiting for the bus to take us back to the campsite, feeling very fulfilled and thinking about the views we'd just seen. Unfortunately, we had done it a bit quicker than expected, and the first bus back wasn't expected for at least another hour, so we sat in the sun and baked for a bit.

    The entire walk was dotted with signs of what to do if the volcano erupts, and "Caution- you are now entering a lahar flow zone- move quickly and don't stop. If you hear noise from upstream, run." which made it interesting.

    After a good half an hour on a bus, we realised just how tired we were and read for the rest of the afternoon and evening in the dappled sunlight split by trees over our campervan. It was a fab day!
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  • Day41

    Day 41/72: sledging and Tongariro

    December 7, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    We woke up, as promised by Peter (who ran the campsite) with a loaf of warm bread outside the door. It was wonderful. After the fun of rafting the day before we had signed up to do sledging with the same company. It was just me and Tom and 2 guides in a group, and we hiked to the same stretch of river that we had rafted the day before, only just below the huge waterfall. We watched a few rafts come down the waterfall: one flipped over and no one managed to hold on. Amateurs.

    Then we jumped in the water with our sledges and flippers and kicked our way down the huge rapids. It was so much fun, diving under the rapids and getting pulled around. Our guides pushed us into the insane bits of the waterfalls and cruised ahead to catch us when we eventually got spit out.

    At the end of the stretch of river they announced we were going to do some river surfing. This involves going straight for the rapid from underneath, and balancing on the bit where the water falls down the short waterfall on your sledge. Absolutely great, and we both nailed the flip the first time, something the guides were impressed with.

    One near drowning incident and one swollen and huge nose (Toms- very amusing) later, we got back on the bus and headed back to our van. After buying Tom a bag of peas to put on his face, we started the drive to Tongariro: the mountain area we are walking from tomorrow to do the Alpine Crossing. The drive was beautiful; going past Lake Taupo and the mountains in the background.

    When we got to the campsite we both decided to go for a shorter walk to warm up for tomorrow, so headed out on the trails to a waterfall about 2 miles away. The trail was beautiful and the sky was blue and cloudless.

    After a huge dinner, we settled in early for the night. Another action packed day ahead of us!
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  • Day23

    Tongariro National Park

    March 5 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Auf in die Berge. Alles ist mit Herr der Ringe verbunden, Gollems Wasserfall, der Schicksalsberg,... Ich sehe mir das alles an und entscheide, dass ich NICHT durch Lavageröll wandern möchte 😄 Diese praktischen Wandermenschen und mich trennen Welten 😅

  • Day29

    Hike to Taranaki Falls

    March 2 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 57 °F

    After the big hike yesterday, we stretched our legs on an easy 3.5 mile hike to Taranaki Falls. Along the way, we could see views of the volcanoes we hiked around yesterday on the Tongariro Crossing. Heather and other wildflowers were in abundance!

  • Day81

    Hot and Cold springs

    February 8, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Dinsdagmorgen de huurauto opgehaald in Auckland NZ. Tijdens de vlucht van buurvrouw tientallen tips gehad, en daardoor en de weersverwachting al snel t rondje uitgedacht : eerst naarRoturua, adrenaline centrum van NZ, maar te moe om er echts iets te willen doen: kampplek bij een meer gevonden, en over de hotpools en DE NZ hike gehoord: Tangariro track. Dat zorgt dus voor een vol programma , de hike doe ik niet geheel, maar ben toch 4 uur onderweg, en alleen al de rit erheen en vandaan is heel indrukwekkend!
    De hotpool en thermal wonderland de dag ervoor waren ook heel bijzonder en qua temperatuur op de andere kant van de schaal
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  • Day25

    30-9 Toch Whakapapa

    September 30, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Het is guur, koud en miezer. Ik probeer uit te slapen maar om 5 uur stommelt de camper naast me al als een idioot. Ik rek het tot half 7.
    Dan maar met verstelwerk en ontbijt weer in de gemeenschappelijke ruimte en later met mijn huiswerk Zuidereiland in de tent met mijn thermolegging in mijn dikke broek. Tijdens een even-niet-miezer om half elf ri Whakapapa. Blijft het droog en een waterig zonnetje! En aldoor naar boven, dus ik heb het niet meer koud. Alvast wandelingetje naar waterval. Uit eten, ik had iets meer frieten verwacht dan 5 (ik heb er 1 op op de foto) en dan de silica rapids. Wát een mooie wandeling, over een pad dat ik ook snap en met allemaal wetenswaardigheden op bordjes. En overal mos. Prachtig. Krijg je er ook nog de golden rapids gratis bij (met ijzer, geen goud). Wel blij dat ik de Tongariro crossing niet doe, want na 2 en een half uur wandelen ben ik hartstikke moe. Retour tent (zo gedaan natuurlijk). Helaas nieuwe buren met muziek. Maar wel relatief warm in de tent. Lekker met een boekje.Read more

  • Day37

    Syd till Nord

    February 14, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    Lång resdag från sydön till nordön, från Marlboroughs vingårdar till snöklädda alptoppar. Ruapehu är 2797 meter över havet och är fortfarande en aktiv vulkan. Vi bor i skuggan av berget men kommer nog att sova gott ändå.
    Dagen börjar med bilåkande till Picton som är färjeläget på Sydön. Vi lämnar ifrån oss hyrbilen och checkar in på färjan för 3,5 timmes överfart till Wellington. Rätt så blåsigt, typ 15 m/s, men soligt och vackert. Tar en shuttle till flygplatsen för att plocka upp nästa hyrbil. Drygt fyra timmar senare, strax efter kl 20, så är vi framme vid Chateau Tongariro som är vårt övernattnitngsställe. Har du sett The Shining så känner du igen hotellet! Lite bubbel och en riktigt god middag så är vi redo att sova gott och ladda inför morgondagens äventyr.Read more

  • Day8

    Tongariro National Parc

    February 8, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Onderweg van Taupo naar Wellington, een autotocht van 400 kilometer, passeerden we het Tongariro National Parc. Dit gebied bestaat uit oude vulkanen, maar ook de nog actieve vulkaan Whakapapa, waarvan de top met sneeuw bedekt is. In dit gebied kan geskied worden. Verder is het gebied geliefd bij backpackers. Dat het een vulkanisch gebied is blijkt uit het feit dat overal dampwolken uit de bodem opstijgen. Vandaag geen zon, maar bewolkt en een stukje koeler dan de afgelopen dagen.Read more

  • Day6

    Tag 3 - Tawhai Falls

    March 13 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Bevor wir an unserer Unterkunft im Tongarironationalpark ankamen, hatte unser Guide „Jimmy“ noch eine kleine Überraschung für uns:

    Die Tawhai Falls, für Herr der Ringe-Fans besser bekannt als die Wasserfälle, an denen Gollum seinen geliebten Fisch isst & sein bekanntes Zitat singt:
    „In kühlen Pfuhlen,
    wo wir uns suhlen,
    so saftig süß auf den Tisch,
    kommt heut ein Fisch,
    so saftig süüüß!“

    Leider war der Wasserfall aufgrund der Regenfälle mehr ein reißende Fluss, was ihn allerdings nicht weniger eindrucksvoll gemacht hat :)

    Danach ging es auf 1100 Meter Höhe ins höchste Hotel Neuseelands & früh ins Bett, da morgen um 7 Uhr der 19,4 km lange Tongariro Crossing Hike ansteht!

    Gute Nacht 💤
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  • Day7

    Tag 4 - Tongariro Nationalpark

    March 14 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Heute hieß es früh aufstehen:

    Um halb 6 ging der Wecker um den ersten Bus zum Tongariro Nationalpark zu erwischen & den längsten Tageshike Neuseelands zu starten. Für 19,4 km geht es durch wunderschöne Landschaften, über die Bergspitze des Mt. Doom - in Deutschland besser bekannt unter dem Namen „Schicksalsberg“, gefolgt von vulkanischen Seen & einem kleinen Walk durch den angrenzenden Regenwald am Ende des Hikes.

    Leider war es heute etwas nebelig, die Aussicht war an einigen Stellen trotzdem unglaublich (& der Nebel hat es noch mystischer darstellen lassen, als es eh schon war 😊). Zwischendurch hatte man wirklich das Gefühl, gleich würden Horden von Orks den Berg herunterlaufen & einen angreifen.

    Nach knapp 7 Stunden ging es wieder zum Hotel (Skotel, wirklich ein cooles Hotel) und direkt in den Jacuzzi, der bei 5$ für 1 Stunde echt noch günstig war.
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