It wasn't the sort of weekend to undertake a five-hour journey to a place even colder and wetter than where I already was. But in the icy clutches of the mountain, stomping through - New Zealand Herald
You can only imagine what Great Barrier Island must have been like before the arrival of Europeans in the 1840s. The rugged hillsides were once covered in stands of mighty kauri, and - New Zealand Herald
Although only four hours from Auckland by ferry (or 30min by plane), Great Barrier Island is a place apart. It's New Zealand's fourth largest island, after Rakiura, and a place of old volcanoes, whittled down by time, wind and rain
The tramp to South Crater is fairly easy along the well-maintained Tongariro Alpine Crossing Track. If climbing the summit in winter you will need crampons, or snowshoes, to begin the climb to Red Crater and on to the summit. The poled route is straightforward and would make a good introduction to winter tramping. Descend the northern slope and take Hardman's Ridge, which overlooks the TAC, to a point around 600m past Pt 1409m. Drop down here to rejoin the TAC and an easy walk back to the car.
Tongariro is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. This status recognises the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.
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Take the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing Track to South Crater, from where you can begin the climb of Ngauruhoe. In summer this is an easy scramble on loose rock, but in winter it is much harder and will require ice axes and crampons to ascend and descend safely. It is an exposed mountain at all times of the year and weather can change without warning.
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