Tongariro Alpine Crossing: Photos From Our Walk Among the Volcanoes

We've written a guest post on Easy Hiker all about this journey, but with so much great scenery on the trek we thought we'd share some extra photos with our readers.

Mt. Ngauruhoe, also known as 'Mt. Doom' in the movie, The Lord of the Rings.

We walked through fields of scattered pumice.

The climb to Red Crater was the most challenging for us as we scrambled over loose rocks and navigated the crowds.

We were rewarded with a view of the beautiful Red Crater.

View of Blue Lake from the summit

The descent from the top of Red Crater - fun or treacherous?

Hikers enjoy a moment of rest at the Emerald Lakes.

A different view of one of the Emerald Lakes.

We had a day of gorgeous weather for the hike. Sunscreen is a must!

The trifecta: view of Mt. Ruapehu, Mt. Ngauruhoe and Red Crater from a valley.

Thermal steam rises from the earth.

Lake Taupo can be seen from the walk.

More activity from the Ketetahi Springs

Rushing water accompanied us for the last couple of kilometres.

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James

We are doing the crossing in a few months and really looking forward to it!
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Geert @ Inspiring Travellers

You’ll love it, James!

Anthony

wow! those photos are truly amazing mate. I think I will have to take a look at doing this when we get back to Australia. Only a 3 hour flight away and I didn’t even know what i was missing.

Anthony

wow! these photos are truly amazing mate. I think I will have to take a look at doing this when we get back to Australia. Only a 3 hour flight away and I didn’t even know what i was missing.

Geert @ Inspiring Travellers

Thanks, Anthony! =) It’s fantastic – allow a few days in National Park in case the weather is dodgy – you really need a clear day.

Lucy

Hi Guys, we took your advice and did this hike, although all we saw all day was cloud. There were no views at all, so I’ve enjoyed looking at your photos, to see what we SHOULD have seen!

Geert @ Inspiring Travellers

OH NO!! =( we’re so sad to hear that! Have heard that the weather can be hit and miss there. What a shame…

Katrina

Love it! I’m a huge fan of volcanoes. Some of the shots remind me of Mt. Vesuvius, but many more remind me of Mt. Etna. Gorgeous!

Geert @ Inspiring Travellers

Thanks so much! This was my first volcanic walk and I’ll definitely be seeking more out. We plan to climb Volcan Villarica in Chile next month.

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