New Zealand 2014 - Day 7

Day seven was the highlight of this trip.

We took 7am shuttle van to starting point of tongariro crossing, Mangatepopo Car Park (1100m). We just followed the main track, passed Mangatepopo Hut (1190m), and loo break near Soda Springs (1350m). We did a brief look at Soda Springs. We continued along South Crater, which was between Mount Tongariro (1967m) on our left and Mount Ngauruhoe (2287m) on our right. At one point, we managed to see Mount Egmont from far due to excellent weather (clear sky) on that day. We rested for a while at the highest ground, Red Crater (1886m), After that, we started to go down hill. After walked through a steep loose rocks track, we reached at three Emerald Lakes (1730m), and then Blue Lake (1725m). We walked pass some tracks that still covered with snow. After a while, we reached at Ketetahi (1456m) for loo and snak break. We walked some rain forest before finished just before 5pm at end point of tongariro crassing, Ketetahi Car Park (736m). The total distance of the main track is 19.4km. After returning to the lodge, we returned all our rented gears, had a relax hot spa, dinner and went to bed early.



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