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If like me, you long for lava and smoke, boulders and fire, you can go Volcano spotting in the Lake Taupo region.
For an up close and personal view, the best way would be the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand’s most popular one day hike. Lonely Planet even said that “a walk amidst the volcanoes of Tongariro is a life-changing experience not to be missed”. Here you actually traverse the very volcanic terrain I speak of - three active volcanoes that dominate the central North Island landscape - Mt Ngauruhoe, Mt Ruapehu & Mt Tongariro.
For just over 19kms you trek over towering peaks, past huge boulders and across bare land to meet Emerald and Blue volcanic lakes framed by black lava rocks. It’s a big day - approx 7-9 hours to complete but it will provide you with the very best views of theTongariro National Park - a dual World Heritage Area, designated for it’s natural beauty and intangible cultural values.
The experience is quite different depending on what time of year you decide to take on this challenge. In summer, you'll be joined by travellers from all over the world who have 'climbing an active volcano' on their bucket list. In the spring and autumn cool, blue-sky days produce stunning images of the Walk's highlights; Red Crater, Emerald Lakes and South Crater. In winter, this is a true alpine adventure. Go with a guide to help navigate the snowy terrain, prove crampons & ice axes and your pickup at Ketetahi.
Don’t miss an amazing opportunity to undertake a must-do activity on your New Zealand holiday list and take away memories that you'll have for a life time.