Of all the Great Walks of New Zealand, the Tongariro Crossing is the only one I could do on this trip … and even though I would have loved to do more, this hike made the wait for good weather seem like nothing! Thank you Ella for hanging out while I was in Taupo and thank you so much for doing the crossing with me! It was a really wonderful experience that I hope is somewhat reflected by the pictures.
The morning wake up was rough. I have to admit that waking up at 5am wasn’t as easy I’d hoped. The motivation and excitement of the upcoming hike kept me from going straight to sleep, like I normally do … nevertheless, pickup came and took us to the start of the trek and set us for a flawless start.
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
This was without a doubt, a gruelling climb. It took me just under 1h30 from bottom to top. The terrain was loose rocks and gravel and for every two steps up, we slide down one. I cannot stress how much fun this was despite the sweat and the hard work to get to the top – it is definitely worth it (beware rolling boulders).
“Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.”
I’ll be honest here. This was one day where I put the camera on automatic and simply did the ‘point and shoot’ tourist kind of thing. The climb up Mount Doom took the breath and the energy out of me and the way down (despite being a whole load of fun) felt like it destroyed my knees. Yet, the natural beauty views compensate for my lack of creativity and effort in taking pictures!
Climbing over the top of the ridge to see the crater pools (emerald and blue) took the last of my breath away … but re-energised me to continue on without complaining (not too much at least)!
“Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will.”
It takes a little time to appreciate just how magical this place actually is.