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headers already sent by (output started at /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/pomo/translations.php:208) in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-content/plugins/onecom-vcache/vcaching.php on line 522 Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/pomo/translations.php:208) in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-content/plugins/onecom-vcache/vcaching.php on line 529 Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/pomo/translations.php:208) in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-content/plugins/onecom-vcache/vcaching.php on line 531 National Park 31.10 – TICKET TO GREAT Deprecated: Function get_magic_quotes_gpc() is deprecated in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 4366 Deprecated: Function get_magic_quotes_gpc() is deprecated in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 4366 Deprecated: Function get_magic_quotes_gpc() is deprecated in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 4366 Deprecated: Function get_magic_quotes_gpc() is deprecated in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 4366 Deprecated: Function get_magic_quotes_gpc() is deprecated in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 4366 Deprecated: Function get_magic_quotes_gpc() is deprecated in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 4366 Deprecated: Function get_magic_quotes_gpc() is deprecated in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 4366 Deprecated: Function get_magic_quotes_gpc() is deprecated in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 4366 Deprecated: Function get_magic_quotes_gpc() is deprecated in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 4366 Deprecated: Function get_magic_quotes_gpc() is deprecated in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 4366 Deprecated: Function get_magic_quotes_gpc() is deprecated in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 4366 Deprecated: Function get_magic_quotes_gpc() is deprecated in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 4366 Deprecated: Function get_magic_quotes_gpc() is deprecated in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 4366 Deprecated: Function get_magic_quotes_gpc() is deprecated in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 4366 Deprecated: Function get_magic_quotes_gpc() is deprecated in /customers/4/e/1/tickettogreat.com/httpd.www/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 4366

National Park 31.10

The time had come. We left Blue duck station just as the sun rose over the green hills at 6am. We were heading to trek the Tongariro Crossing. I had just about every piece of clothing suited for training on me, except for a good pair of hiking boots. Them I intended to rent at the shop. Tongariro Crossing is the most famous one-day hike in New Zealand, and also where they filmed another scene from Lord of the Rings. The mountain you pass during the hike is no other than Mount Doom. The walk is said to be easy, but I agree with what I heard people saying on their way up; It is not easy!

 

Mount Doom

 

Just a couple of km in on the Tongariro Crossing, this is what you will see!

 

There are two parts of the hike particularly hard. First, the Devils staircase. Stairs only for about 3-4km. And then, the climb to the top from the south crater. The landscape shifting all the time. It starts out with spring water running along in a stream among flat vegetation, then came the black lava rocks, followed by the yellow flat crater, then the red top, the emerald lakes, the blue lake and finishing of with rain forrest.

 

In the middle of the Devil’s staircase, looking back.

 

At the top of the Devil’s staircase

 

The south crater, heading across

 

At the top! Red crater.

 

Happy me at the top!

 

The Emerald Lakes

It usually takes 6-8 hours to finish the walk. I started out walking with a swiss girl and a french guy, both which I thought was walking much faster than me. Becuase I didn’t want to slow them down I decided to join a group of three girls just behind instead. After the devils staircase I instead decided to do the hike by myself, thinking I would much more easily find my own walking rythm. That made it so much easier. Almost lake a long walking meditation. Loved it! I could take breaks when I wanted to and go faster when it felt right. This, despite terrible pain in my knee walking downhill, I finished the hike in 5 hours and 40 minutes. I am so proud of myself!

 

At the lookout over the Emerald Lakes

 

The south lake

 

Starting my decent (10 km to go)…

 

Still downhill, scenery changing…

 

And more downhill…

 

Continuing downhill… into the rainforest

 

Almost done!

 

Finished! 5h and 40 min later 🙂

I spent the rest of the night with my leg high, tiger balm on and a cold press on top. On the second day after the walk I could finally walk again without pain. Hate my knee!

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