Middle-earth’s Mount Doom

Crossing the stark volcanic terrain of Tongariro National Park

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)


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


The Red Crater