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Photo Inspiration: Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is commonly written up as one of the best day hikes in all of New Zealand. Not only is it just long and strenuous enough to make you feel that you’ve accomplished an epic feat (19.4 kilometers), but it winds you through a countless array of different environments: dry and dusty plains, volcanic craters, tropical fern gullies, enchanted forests, open mountains, and moon-like terrain. The weather systems even change depending where you are on the hike.

This crater on the Tongariro trail, photographed in a fleeting moment of blue sky, was used in the Lord of Rings movie to depict Mt Doom. Scary.

Mt Doom, Tongariro New Zealand


  • Adina | Gluten Free Travelette
    October 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm


    By far this hike was one of the best experiences of my life. It was such a challenge and so rewarding at the same time. The views in all the different environments you tramp through were breaktaking.

    • annie
      October 17, 2012 at 9:59 am

      agree! Did you get weird weather too? We had the thickest fog for like 30 mins and then perfectly blue skies for 5, followed by more thick fog. oddness!


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