Our first excursion on our North Island road trip was to Tongariro National Park. Mount Ngauruhoe was featured as Mount Doom in The Lord of the Rings films, so it’s a pretty popular destination for the adventurers that come to New Zealand. The Tongariro Crossing is a 19.4 km (12 mile) one way track that takes you through an active volcano zone and up close to Mount Ngauruhoe. We only had one clear weather day in the next five so we had to act fast. We woke from Palmerston North at 5 am for a two-hour drive to the park. On arrival, we grabbed the last two spots on a shuttle bus to take us to the trail start.
Chris & Taylor
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