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Whangaehu Glacier

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  • Day8

    Tongariro National Park

    November 9, 2017 in New Zealand

    The Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
    Or: starting at 1100 meter above sea level, walking, climbing some 700 meters, descending a bit, walking, climbing again, and descending again to a 780 meters above sea level. In total the length of this hike equals 19.4km and the trek is (by many) noted as one of the top ten treks in the world. And for a good reason.
    It's a physical challenge as well as it is a pleasure to the eye of the beholder of all nature has to offer on this trek.

    We were brought to our starting point by John Visser. A 2nd generation NewZealander with Dutch ancestry. He told us a lot about Tongariro, and what to expect from the trek. The drive took us about 20 minutes and John told us we were lucky enough to have one of the best weather conditions we could wish for. This happens only some times in a year... Mostly the conditions are less..... or far worse ;-)
    John told us, that in case of a volcanic eruption, we had to take as many photos as possible and give them to him, for his website.... He added: "not gonna happen"... when he saw some faces turning into horror.

    So, the conditions being good, meaning also the temperature was slightly above freezing point on our starting point. It did freeze in the night, so we were up for some nice clean air, but some icy paths in the first kms maybe as well.

    The first kms brought us over slightly ascending flat lands, warming up our leg muscles.
    After some 3 kms we came to the Devils staircase... the name tells all we need to know...
    From this point on the walk was quite strenuous, to say the least. But the surroundings were magnificent.
    After we crossed the top, central crater and the Red Crater, we had to start our descent. We descended on loose gravel first which looked more like skiing than walking. With my camera in the hand it was hard to keep balance and don't fall. We had a break and a little lunch when we we ware at the Blue Lake.
    The next part actually was the worst. Since you already had seen the highlights it was the last stage onwards to the end, but only descending. Heavy on the legs, being somewhat tired (Rineke very tired), making this an exhausting part of the trek. But we made it :-) Both happy, relieved and proud we made it, we entered the parking place, where we would be picked up some 20 minutes later.

    Just before we started the last segment of our descent I had phone contact with Mountain Air and was able to arrange for the very last flight of the day at 1700 hours. Lucky us.
    Will post those photos in a separate post ;-)
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  • Day8

    Tongariro National Park, Photo flight

    November 9, 2017 in New Zealand

    The photos of our photo flight around the volcanoes of Tongariro NP.
    Flight operated by Mountain Air, Cessna Skyhawk II, ZK-EKP
    In order of flying, and photos:
    Mount Tongariro, the oldest, over 275.000 years old. Last eruption 2012.
    Blue Lake
    Emerald Lakes
    Mount Ngauruhoe, the youngest, with just 7000 years old. Last eruption 1975. This volcanoe is featured in the LOTR films, as Mount Doom.
    Mount Ruapehu is about 250.000 years old, with it's last major eruption dating 1995.

    The photos tell the story, the flight was great. Rineke was a bit airsick, but enjoyed the view very much as well :-)
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  • Day201

    Tag 201: Magic Tongariro Nationalpark

    August 21, 2017 in New Zealand

    Schon die Fahrt in das Gebiet des Tongariro Nationalpark ist atemberaubend. Der Nationalpark weist eine der kontrastreichesten Landschaften Neuseelands auf und wurde von der UNESCO sowohl zum Weltkultur- als auch zum Weltnaturerbe ernannt. Smaragdgrüne Seen, Wasserfälle und heiße Quellen umgeben die größten Vulkane ( Tongariro, Ngauruhoe und Ruapehu) der Nordinsel. Für die Maori haben die Berge in diesem Nationalpark eine enorme spirituelle Bedeutung und viele Mhyten und Sagen entstanden hier.Read more

  • Day20

    Tongariro National Park

    January 4 in New Zealand

    Woke up to an overcast and day of rain forecast so we headed straight to Tongaririo National park ready for our walk. We decided to do the Taranaki Falls walk which was a 2 hour walk through forest and Lava landscapes to this most amazing waterfall. It was nice and cool and the walk was totally worth the views and the amazing falls in the middle. The rainforest and views were magnificent, even though the mountains (Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe) were covered in clouds, it was still very spectacular. After our walk, the rain came down and we checked into our accommodation at Whakapapa Village (pronounced with an “f”!!!). Most people come to Tongariro to do the famous 19km Tongariro crossing but even in today’s weather, it is closed due to the bad weather. We decided to have a bit of a rest afternoon and put on a movie, with some hot chocolate and relax in the rainforest (in a motorhome!!!)Read more

  • Day10


    June 4, 2017 in New Zealand

    Today was incredible we took 40 min flight over the local 3 Volcano's they are stunning. We then drove up to the snow fields not much snow but still interesting and finished the day with a High Tea at Boutique Hotel called Chateau Tongariro.

  • Day6

    Le Mordor!

    March 1, 2016 in New Zealand

    OMG!!! :o

    Levé 6h très difficilement après nos 4 h de sommeil!
    Nous prenons la navette qui nous emmène de Whakapapa Village jusqu'à Mongatepopo.
    Il fait froid, il fait très froid!
    Sabine et moi echangeons des le réveil des regards d'inquiétude.
    Sabine me répète encore dans le bus " non mais parce qu'ils disent que la randonnée est déconseillée aux débutants..." MDR, ça va bien se passer.
    "On peut le faire, on va le faire, on a plus le choix" me répète cette petite voix dans ma tête.
    "Allez Sarah, allez Sarah, Allez, je deviens mon propre supporter intérieur : 1967metres des dénivelé, 20km, dernier bus retour à 17h30, "mais thingers in the nose", ou pas...

    En tout cas c'est parti!
    7h30 nous y sommes, que l'ascension commence! Dans quelques heures nous seront au mordor!
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  • Day18

    Tongariro National Park

    October 30, 2014 in New Zealand

    Mirime na sever, do druhe pulky nasi prvni etapy na cestach. Nabirame smer Taupo a projizdime horami Pana prstenu. V zapadajicim slunci a s dlouzicimi se stiny vypadaji vulkany majestatne. Uz aby bylo leto a mohly jsme lezt nahoru ;-).

  • Day30

    Tongariro National Park

    November 16, 2015 in New Zealand

    Am Dienstag Morgen brechen wir früh nach Whakapapa auf, dem Ausgangspunkt für den Northern Tongariro Circuit. Im Tongario National Park, Neuseelands ältestem Nationalpark und Weltkulturerbe, gibt es drei aktive Vulkane: den Tongariro, den Ngauruhoe und den Ruapehu. Der 43-km lange Northern Tongariro Circuit umrundet dabei den Mount Ngaurohue und integriert das Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

    Die erste Etappe führt von Whakapapa Village nach Oturere. 23km liegen vor uns. Es ist sonnig, richtiges Kaiserwetter. Der Wanderweg ist eher von der einfachen Sorte. Mittags pausieren wir an einer Hütte mit Traumausblick auf den Mount Ngauruhoe. Am Nachmittag, auf den letzten Kilometern wirds dann doch noch mal richtig anstrengend. Recht felsig und hügelig, zudem ist es nun ziemlich windig. Ich kämpfe gegen meine ständig laufende Nase. Um die Oturere Hütte peitscht der Wind. Die armen Camper, die nun ihr Zelt aufschlagen müssen. Ich schlafe früh, fühle mich ziemlich erschöpft.

    Unsere zweite Etappe führt von Oturere nach Mangotepopo (17km). Heute steht der spannendste Teil der Wanderung auf dem Programm - das Alpine Crossing. Gegen neun gehen wir los. Bis wir das Crossing erreichen, geht es bergauf. Am Mittag passieren wir die vielfotografierten Emerald Lakes und steigen dann steil hinauf auf die Red Crater Passage. Da wir den Circuit in umgekehrte Richtung als die meisten laufen, kommen uns hier viele Leute entgegen, die das Crossing (also die Tagestour) machen. Es ist mittlerweile ziemlich kalt und windig, ich hab auf Windjacke und Handschuhe aufgerüstet.

    Am Red Crater machen wir eine Pause, genießen die Aussicht auf die Emerald Lakes und den Mt. Ngaurohue, bevor wir auf einem etwas weniger steilen Stück zu unserem Nachtlager, der Mangatepopo Hut, laufen. Am Nachmittag ist das Wetter super. Waren wir eben noch in Winterkleidung, sitzen wir jetzt in Sommeroutfit vor der Hütte. Belohnt werden unsere Mühen mit einem traumhaften Sonnenuntergang mit Blick auf den weit entfernten Mt. Taranaki.

    Die letzte Etappe von Mangatepopo zurück nach Whakapapa Village ist ein Klacks - 9km, flache Strecke, leichte Rucksäcke, gutes Wetter, gute Laune :-) zufrieden kommen wir in Whakapapa an, belohnen uns mit einem Kuchen, und müssen erstmal überlegen, was wir als nächstes machen wollen
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