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Photos of The Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand



















The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered to be the best day hike in New Zealand, which is known for many excellent hikes. The steep and strenuous hike passes by spectacular scenery consisting of Mt. Ngauruhoe, Mt. Tongariro, Mt Ruapehu, a number of other craters and the beautiful and aptly named Emerald Lakes and Blue Lake. The area is still geologically active and the smell of sulfur hangs in the air in some locations. For information see Tongariro National Park. This page has photos taken throughout the Tongariro Crossing, including photos of Mt. Ngauruhoe, Mt. Tongariro, Mt. Ruapehu, the Emerald Lakes, and Blue Lake. Larger version of these photos of the Tongariro Crossing hike in New Zealand can be viewed by using a mouse rollover, clicking an image, or using the Slideshow below. See all TheWorldinLight has to offer at Destinations and Topics.

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photo of Mt. Ngauruhoe in New Zealand
Mt. Ngauruhoe From Afar
This huge volcano looms over the surrounding landscape.

photo of me on the Tongariro Trail
Me at Tongariro
The New Zealand hike known as the Tongariro Crossing is spectacular.

photo of Mt. Ngauruhoe from trail
Mt. Ngauruhoe From Trail
The conically shaped Mt. Ngauruhoe looms large ahead when beginning the hike.

photo of the Tongariro Crossing Trail
Tongariro Trail
The hike features steep climbs through stark stone surroundings and also rewards of spectacular views and beautifully colored alpine lakes.

photo of sign on the Tongariro Crossing trail
Tongariro Sign
Follow the sign to the summit for an amazing experience.

photo of a view on the Tongariro Crossing
Crossing View
The trek passes deep craters and provides excellent close-up views of the volcanoes.

photo of wind blown snow on Mt. Ngauruhoe
Wind Off Mt. Ngauruhoe
The crossing had been closed for many days due to bad weather until the day I did this hike. It was still cold, very windy, but spectacular.

toward the summit of the Tongariro Crossing
Toward the Summit

photo of the Emerald Lakes on the 

Tongariro Crossing
The Emerald Lakes
The hike passes by the beautifully colored Emerald Lakes.

photo of Blue Lake on the Tongariro Crossing
Blue Lake
The hike also passes beautiful Blue Lake.

photo of a windy peak on the Tongariro 

Windy Ridge
The hike also passes beautiful Blue Lake.

photo taken near the end of the hike 

known as the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand
Backside of Tongariro
Once beyond the volcanoes, the hike descends to a prairie like area. Before the hike, make arrangements for a shuttle to return you to your starting point.

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