Tongariro Crossing

The weather was kind to us after the third attempt and we finally walked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, 23 November 2009
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The Ketetahi Hut has recently been partly destroyed by the eruption on 6 August 2012

The Ketetahi Hut has recently been partly destroyed by the eruption on 6 August 2012

A last look back at Mt Ngauruhoe and South Crater

A last look back at Mt Ngauruhoe and South Crater

Looking down into Red Crater and a vent

Looking down into Red Crater and a vent

Another view of walkers crossing South Crater - enlarge this to see them!

Another view of walkers crossing South Crater - enlarge this to see them!

After crossing South Crater, looking back towards the south-west & Mt Ngauruhoe.  In the foreground tiny figures can be seen walking across South Crater

After crossing South Crater, looking back towards the south-west & Mt Ngauruhoe. In the foreground tiny figures can be seen walking across South Crater

Heading north across South Crater

Heading north across South Crater

Last view down the Mangatepopo Valley before heading off across the craters

Last view down the Mangatepopo Valley before heading off across the craters

Gaining height, looking westward, the snow covered top of Mt Taranaki can just be seen above the horizon at the left

Gaining height, looking westward, the snow covered top of Mt Taranaki can just be seen above the horizon at the left

Up the Devil's staircase towards the sun

Up the Devil's staircase towards the sun

Walking towards the saddle between the mountains and the Devil's staircase

Walking towards the saddle between the mountains and the Devil's staircase

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