Turangi and the Tongariro Crossing

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My joy at arriving in Turangi and seeing our lovely executive lodge at club habitat, suggests i'm to old (or to spoilt) to stay in hostels any more.
Due to the bemusing bus time tables it had essential taken me a day to travel 40km from Taupo to the other end of the lake, where I was meeting Neil for the weekend. Turangi is a bizarre place, with the feeling of it being a motorway service station, all empty round abouts and quiet roads. But it is a great stop to do the Tongoriro crossing from.

we got picked up at 6.20 on saturday morning by our shuttle bus and taken to the bottom of the track to start our 18km walk over the lava fields, craters and volcanoes. The shear number of people at the start made us set a fair pace in order to distance ourselves from the crowds. However the first really steep bit did that for us...

It was the most amazing place, almost lunar, we came upon crests then crators, up ridges to ground that steamed gently, down scree slopes to emerald green lakes and eventually over the saddle between the volcanoes and into the clouds.

We stopped for lunch on the decent, with views over Lake Taupo in the distance. In retrospect we would have done the peak of Tongoriro as well, as by the time we got down we had a two hour wait for our shuttle home.

our evening continued with a well earned trip to a natural spa pool, then fish and chips back in Turangi and a few beers. Perfect day xx

 

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