It was a cold, dark, autumnal morning in New Zealand’s central North Island. We had woken early to make our way to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, our mission for the day.
加里一个lpine Crossing is New Zealand’s most famous day hike – and rightly so. It’s a hike full of spectacular volcanic scenery, quite unlike anything else you’re likely to see in New Zealand, or perhaps anywhere else in the world.
We were astonished by the amount of people doing the hike with us. There would have been at least 500 or so others around, but what shocked us even more was the people carrying their small babies along the track, and others walking the track in Converse street shoes – seriously! What would happen to them if it suddenly started to snow?
如果你是魔戒迷的主，你已经知道电影是在新西兰拍摄。而所有这些最著名的火山，山厄运，是我们自己太瑙鲁赫伊 - 对称锥，你加息过去在交叉点上。你甚至可以爬上去瑙鲁赫伊的峰会，但这需要一个额外的几个小时 - 我们将保存为另一行。
The hike actually goes right over another volcano, Mt Tongariro. You hike up a steep slope called the ‘Devil’s Staircase’ (yup, it’s steep and devilish!) and through two of Tongariro’s craters. These volcanoes are still relatively active. Although Tongariro itself hasn’t erupted in many years, Ngauruhoe last erupted in the 1970s and Ruapehu (the volcano on the other side of Ngauruhoe) last erupted in 2007. A vent on the side of Tongariro, called the Te Maari Crater, erupted in 2012, destroying part of the Crossing track and damaging a hut nearby – you can still see the holes in the ceiling of the Ketetahi Hut near the end of the track!
My favourite part of the track was after climbing up out of the Red Crater. The view over the Emerald Lakes, the Central Crater, and way in the distance to Lake Taupo was just stunning. And after climbing up to the lip of the Red Crater, the only way down is on a slope covered in scree, or loose rocks (you can see the scree slope on the left of the photo below). It was so much fun making our way down the slippery slope towards our lunch stop at the gorgeous Emerald Lakes.
有大量的地热活动的上轨道下半年，特别是在翡翠湖 - 看到蒸汽上面的照片？它闻起来有点像硫磺，但它不是压倒性的。在赛道上的最后一个下坡舒展，你可以看到在给TE Maari火山口仅在几年前爆发的时候。
The last part of the track descends through some nice forest, but at that point all we wanted to do was to get to the car. The forest bit seemed to go on forever, even though it was only about half an hour long! Finally, after bang on six hours, we reached the end of the trail. Woohoo! What a fantastic hike.
Because the track isn’t a loop, you’ll need to organise transport at one end. We parked at the Ketetahi carpark (the end of the hike) and caught a bus operated by Tongariro Alpine Adventures to the trailhead at Mangatepopo, costing us $25 each. We think this is the best way to do it because once you finish the hike you can just drive away in your car, rather than waiting for a bus to come and take you back to the carpark at the beginning of the track (30 minutes drive away).
Have you ever hiked over a volcano? What’s your favourite day hike? Let us know in the comments below!