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The view from the plane over the emerald lake in Tongariro National Park.

Tongariro National Park is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage Site. The Tongariro National Park is rich in both cultural identity and dramatic, awe-inspiring natural scenery. Unique landforms, including the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu ensure the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered a world-renowned trek.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park is a tramping track in New Zealand, and is among the most popular day hikes in the country.

The crossing passes over the volcanic terrain of the multi-cratered active volcano Mount Tongariro, passing the eastern base of Mount Ngauruhoe.

The full distance of the track is usually 19.4-kilometre.

Instead of hiking this track that could be tiring (9 hours), I chose another solution. I flew over the volcanos in a small aircraft. It was a rather expensive pleasure (255 NZD) but it was worth the money! The views were simply fantastic. I have seen many volcanos in the South America, but for the first time I saw the crater from such perspective.

After this flight, I went for the beautiful hiking in the rainforest, to the waterfall, a bit shorter track - 5 hours.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13046 W: 139 N: 33749] (153890)
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