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Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand

Tongariro Crossing (Mt. Doom)

I have been fortunate enough to find a great group of people to have adventures with in New Zealand.

I was also very fortunate to hike part of the Tongariro Crossing with them and see the famous Mount Ngauruhoe, which was made known around the world as Mt. Doom thanks to Peter Jackson. The weather was quite fair for the hike, so we were fortunate enough to have good visibility during the hike. We started late in the morning and made our way up. I was so ready. This was my first real hike and I would not have it any other way.

We knew we would not do the full crossing but were still hoping to make it to the summit. We were picked up in Taupo and drove to Mangatepopo car park. We headed off on our hike to the South Crater. There was a good amount of steps and some climbing involved. When we got to a clearing, we could finally see Mt. Ngauruhoe towering before us in all its glory. There was a good amount of snow on the mountain so we were not able to climb to the top. Instead, we opted to summit the Tongariro Crossing. But, we weren’t able to make it that far. We attempted to make it up there but there was just too much ice packed on the ground. It was risky to even try in the beginning, but we took that risk and turned back.

Mount Ngauruhoe, New Zealand

Mount Ngauruhoe, aka Mt Doom

Tongariro Crossing Sunset

Sunset as we headed down from the Crossing

Heading back down, we saw the most incredible sunset and crater. Both were stunning to see at once. I liked how we could see the different shades of the sky. It only further confirms the sky is just not blue, but different gradients of the earth. When we finally got back to the car it was dark and cold. Everyone was tired but I knew they felt a great sense of accomplishment.

For my first hike in New Zealand, the Tongariro Crossing has set the bar very high for future hikes. Thus ended one of the best weekends of my life. I literally traveled through highs and lows and experienced the full spectrum of what New Zealand had to offer.

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By Phillomina WongUS Study Abroad Scholarship Student

Updated 5 years ago

Phillomina is an American broadcast and digital journalism student who studied at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and had a Generation Study Abroad Award. She is fascinated by the changing face of the media and how it can affect people and ideas. 

*Views expressed are the blogger's own
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