Tongariro Crossing ...... Frodo can't find Mt Doom!
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5:45am. I'm having breakfast. Kim is sitting next to me eating a bowl of cornflakes. She's looking a bit amazed at me. "How can you eat that?!", she asks. Well, it's gonna be a tough day so that's why I'm eating a heavy breakfast. It's actually quite common in the Chinese dietary to eat noodles for breakfast. Maybe she's a little bit disgusted by the fact I also just finished a bowl of cereals. Nevertheless, I want to make sure I have enough energy to walk the Tongariro Crossing today. This trail is often described as the finest one-day walk in New Zealand. Well, I really don't want to miss that! After my breakfast I have to make some sandwiches (ham+eggs) for lunch. I need to hurry up because the bus will pick us up at 6:20am at the Base hostel in Taupo where I'm staying at.
8:00am. I'm standing in front of the Mangatepopo car park waiting for the others. I will be walking this track with six other people that I've met on the Bay of Islands. Andy, Ben and Rob are renting some jackets and shoes for this hike. It's really convenient that you can rent all kinds of gear on the bus. I'm wearing hiking shorts. I do have trousers with me but I think I will wear them when I get cold which may happen because we will be walking through snow during this 18.5 km track. The weather is not really good. It's misty with some sprinkles. I hope it will clear up so we can enjoy the scenery during this hike.
9:45am. We are having our first break. Andy and Ben can't stop swearing.
12:30pm. Lunch time at Ketetahi Hut. We are all in a better mood now. We have seen the Emerald Lakes. Very nice. We've mostly gone down hill with short sections of climbing up. It's quite dangerous coming down the "Red Crater" as the track is mostly loose scree.
2:05pm. We're at the end of the track. Katie and Darren have fallen asleep. The rest is laying on the ground. I'm tired but certainly not exhausted. Rob and I enjoyed this walk. Kim too but her pants are all wet because she felt in a creek. I'm glad to have walked this track even though we couldn't see the higlights of this walk.
If you're around Taupo and the weather is going to be good, do the Tongariro Crossing. It's really worth walking this unique track. I've seen pictures of people walking this track with clear blue sky and it looks stunning. Even though I walked though mist and rain, I've enjoyed this walk very much and would walk this track again when I get the chance for it next time.
Next destination: still in Taupo