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Tongariro and Ngauruhoe

Tongariro and Ngauruhoe

The day after the Tongariro Crossing, we drove to Whakapapa, and stopped for a coffee with a good view at the Chateau Tongariro.


Heading downhill

Heading downhill

From Red Crater we headed down. If we’d have been coming this way in summer there would have been colourful lakes on the way but they were all frozen and buried under snow.


Red Crater

Red Crater

It was good weather again at the top, and we relaxed in the sun on the edge of Red Crater, which last erupted in 1926.


Tongariro Crossing

Tongariro Crossing

It had been sunny at first but then we had a complete whiteout for a bit. The sun started to come out again as we were nearing the highest point on the crossing.


Mount Ngauruhoe

Mount Ngauruhoe

Near the base of Ngauruhoe’s cone on the Tongariro Crossing


Whakarewarewa

Whakarewarewa

Back in Rotorua, we went to Whakarewarewa and saw Pohotu and Prince of Wales Feathers geysers erupting.


Sulphur factory ruins

Sulphur factory ruins

White Island was too volcanic for sulphur mining to be viable in the long run. Factory owners probably don’t mind too much if their workers are swept out to sea by pyroclastic flows – workers can be replaced – but if the factory itself keeps getting destroyed, that’s a deal breaker.


Crater Lake

Crater Lake

White Island’s viciously acidic crater lake has a negative pH apparently.


Fumaroles

Fumaroles

There were fumaroles everywhere, steaming and roaring and building up the sulphur deposits that used to be mined on the island.


Mud geyser

Mud geyser

The island was pretty epic, with lots of geothermal activity in the crater. The volcano had erupted in 2012 and 2013 so it was definitely possible that another eruption was imminent.


Approaching White Island

Approaching White Island

We went on a road trip around the North Island, and spent a few days in Rotorua. While we were there we took a trip out to White Island, New Zealand’s most active volcano.


Piha

Piha

We went to Piha, an hour’s drive from Auckland, and climbed Lion Rock.


Auckland view from Mount Victoria

Auckland view from Mount Victoria

After the conference in Australia, I headed for New Zealand, to visit my friends John and Juliet who’d moved there at the same time as I’d moved to Chile in 2011. We took a drive around Auckland on the evening I arrived.