Tongariro Crossing (G13)

Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

GPS start: -39.144791 175.581041

GPS finish: -39.073456 175.663573

One of the dozen or more daily buses dropping off an average of more than 500 hikers EVERY summer day.

One of the dozen or more daily buses dropping off an average of more than 500 hikers EVERY summer day.

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Carpark map for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Carpark map for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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The elevation profile of the Tongariro Crossing, on the carpark map

The elevation profile of the Tongariro Crossing, on the carpark map

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The view back over Mt Ngauruhoe and the South Crater plain from the top of Red Crater...all on the Tongariro Crossing, or a simple day-walk out-back.

The view back over Mt Ngauruhoe and the South Crater plain from the top of Red Crater…all on the Tongariro Crossing, or a simple day-walk out-back.

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The smiling author, once again hard at work, this time on an out-back to the Emerald Lakes from the Mangatepopo carpark.

The smiling author, once again hard at work, this time on an out-back to the Emerald Lakes from the Mangatepopo carpark.

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Steam rising off the hillsides surrounding the Emerald lakes. Truly surreal.

Steam rising off the hillsides surrounding the Emerald lakes. Truly surreal.

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The lowest of the three Emerald Lakes, looking southwards out its spill channel, steam wispy out of the nearby rocks.

The lowest of the three Emerald Lakes, looking southwards out its spill channel, steam wispy out of the nearby rocks.

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One Response to “Tongariro Crossing (G13)”

  1. day 8: tongariro crossing | chris and julia go to new zealand Says:

    […] did this hike even though it wasn’t exactly highly recommended by nz frenzy. the way up was pretty horrible for me but the views from the top were amazing. the emerald lakes […]

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