After our exciting and sportive snowboarding, we thought why not do some more sport.
Our new challenge the “Northern Circuit”, one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks”, is a 41km long hike through beautiful volcanic landscape. We did it in 3 days and on our longest stage we walked 8 hours.
The warnings that we would have to walk over snow, did not stop us from doing so (you have to be experienced to walk it in winter though).
We were lucky to hike in a short good weather period and could enjoy the spectacular nature. Especially from top of the red crater (Mt Doom from Lord of the Rings) the view was stunning.
The volcano in the picture above is Mt Ngauruhoe (unpronounceable), which we surrounded on our trip.
We passed muddy terrain, forests, snowy mountains, deserts, old lava flows and crater lakes. On the emerald lakes I photographed their colourful inflow. It seemed so surreal, standing right next to these orange – green water paths.
Close to the second hut we stayed in, we found a powerful location. Two rock formations builded the perfect frame for Mt Ngauruhoe.
Obviously we had to take some pictures here. Therefore we waited for sunset and returned to take pictures of ourselves in the landscape.
We got some pretty good results, so I decided to take star photographs of this spot, too. I placed my tripod on that exact site and left for dinner.
Later at night, we realised that we forgot one of our lenses on location.So I rushed through the foggy night to find it.
Arriving there I packed up everything and went to the hut, because I couldn’t see any stars. Half way the sky cleared and the milky way appeared. I moved right back to take “Mount Doom”.