|Discovery Lodge cabins and Mount Ngauruhoe|
|Chateau Tongariro and Mount Ruapehu|
Because my cousin is an experienced mountain climber, and also because he is somewhat of a Lord of the Rings fan, and also, also because 19.4 km is just not long enough to walk for some people, our hike had to include an ascent of Mount Ngauruhoe. Hobbits aside, climbing Mount Ngauruhoe is less fun that in sounds. It is steep, sandy, and really, really high.
|The most emerald of the Emerald Lakes|
` Total walking time was a little over 11 hours. I am so running next time.