Monday 19 April 2010

You Can Almost Touch the Sky

If you travel to New Zealand I recommend visiting the Tongariro National Park, New Zealand’s first national park and a dual World Heritage area. The parks most striking topographical features are the central North Island volcanoes: Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro.
Scrappy, looking across Lake Taupo towards Tongariro National Park.
From the left: Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu hiding in the clouds.

Mt Tongariro is the lowest of the three at 1,968 metres.
Mt Ngauruhoe at 2,291 metres is an almost symmetrical cone and at 2500 years old is the youngest of the three volcanoes.
Mt Ruapehu is New Zealand’s most accessible live volcano and at 2,797 metres is the highest mountain in the North Island. In the winter this landscape is snow covered. I visited in my late teens and caught a snowball with my eye.
Mt Ngauruhoe from Ruapehu.
Standing on Mt Ruapehu.

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  1. These are stunning photos, Simon, and especially timely what with the spewing volcano in Iceland. I've never been to New Zealand. From all the pictures I've seen over the years, I'm missing something grand.

    Hope you're making good progress on your wip. I'm trying to get back in the manuscript revision flow myself, but the blogging flow has taken over for April instead.

  2. Thanks. The wip is taking a beating, and yes, NZ is grand.