I completed the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with the 3 best hiking companions. We did 34500 steps, 19.4 kms. This is one of the most amazing things I’ve done. It was hard at times but always incredible, from the aptly named Devil’s Staircase (Jacobs Ladder in Perth is a breeze compared to the Devils Staircase 😜) climbing and hanging on to a chain rail to the summit, and looking up and not believing that you are going up there! Then down the slippery scree slopes which provide a bit of fun, slipping and sliding, sometimes on your bum! There were incredible views along the way. Mt Ngaruahoe (Mt Doom) my favourite …..The Emerald Lakes, STUNNING!
Then through the red crater, expecting to see Orcs! The scenery changes for the last 2 kms to something that West Aucklanders would be comfortable with , damp bush.
We were totally prepared as the weather changed often, sun, cloud, rain, sleet and even snow. We became very quick at costume changes. 😝
It was not an easy day but totally satisfying. Feeling lucky to be alive in this amazing world 🌎.