D210. March 28. Lava & Snow in Tongarino

Right in the middle of the North island of New Zealand, you’d find the Central Plateau, that comes together with Tongarino National Park and its numerous summits… That was our day !

Mount Ruapehu, meaning “pit of sound”, a reference to its regular eruptions…Capture d’écran 2014-03-28 à 08.54.03

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The latest eruption, accompanied by a small earthquake, came out of the blue in 2007… We decided to have a closer look at it…

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Mount Ruapehu offers NZ’s two largest ski areas. I hadn’t sit on a ski lift for twenty years !

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The summit looked lunar. But a few kilometers from there, another pick was waiting for us, a mix of snow and lava, looking, one more time, like another planet…

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And the so called “old coach road” leading to the summit dates from 1886.

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Hum… Who would really want to live there ???
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It doesn’t even look real,does it ? ext by, there is another peak, the Ngauruhoe Mount. A conical, single-vent volcano with perfectly symmetrical slopes. we didn’t go there – too stiff – but Peter Jackson did: It was chosen to star as Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings !


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