Middle-earth’s Mount Doom

Crossing the stark and spectacular active volcanic terrain of the Tongariro National Park, New Zealand. A dual World Heritage Site.

During a wonderful summer’s day, a group of five of us headed down to the Tongariro National Park to hike the famous (and hugely popular) Tongariro Crossing. The Crossing is a relatively easy 19.4km journey across explosion craters, steaming vents, turquoise lakes and regenerating forest.

Mount Doom (Ngauruhoe)

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The Emerald Lakes which get their colour from sulfur and arsenic from the nearby Red Crater

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The Red Crater

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