In my last post on the Tongariro Crossing, I spoke of how the hike was the hardest physical challenge I’ve ever put my body through and the overwhelming pride I felt when I completed it without incident. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and also featured some of the most spectacular scenery I’ve seen on my travels to date.
I thoroughly enjoyed writing about my transformation and success as a hiker but given how incredible the landscapes were, I also wanted share some more of my favourite photos from the hike.
The view from the top of The Devil’s Staircase, the steepest section of the track where you climb 300 metres in altitude in just half an hour.
Mount Ngauruhoe, or Mount Doom if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, is New Zealand’s most active volcano and its symetrical shape dominated the skyline throughout the hike.
My favourite part of the hike and definitely not just because it was the only flat part…
The flat section again, this time viewed from above.
I made it! This is the panoramic view from the half-way mark and highest point of the track.
The yellow crust of sulphur at the base of Mount Ngauruhoe.
At the half-way point. So gorgeous! … And the view isn’t too bad either. (Dave’s going to kill me for writing that!)
The track leading off to the summit of Mount Tongariro.
Red Crater, a stark yet beautiful red and black crater. Though it hasn’t erupted for almost 100 years, it’s still active, as evidenced by the lingering smell of sulphur in the air…
Red Crater with a lone hiker looking minuscule in comparison to the imposing scenery.
Panoramic Red Crater with Mount Ngauruhoe in the background.
The spectacular Emerald Lakes were one of my highlights from the hike. It was the perfect place to eat lunch and watch enthusiastic hikers almost fall off the edge of craters in an attempt to get the perfect photograph.
Looking back at the track and feeling so incredibly proud of myself. Due to an eruption of Mount Tongariro in November last year, this was far as I could go. Whereas you’d usually pass the Emerald Lakes and continue walking to the end of the track, I’d be turning around and heading back the way I’d come. Still, at least it was all downhill from here…