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Photographer's Note

The Tongariro National Park is rich in cultural identity, it has dramatic scenery and unique land forms: this combines to make the Tongariro Alpine Crossing a world-renowned trek. (Rated as the best one day trek in New Zealand and listed by many in the top 10 day treks in the world) Many who complete the 18.5 kilometre journey will tell you the climbs can be steep and the weather can be unpredictable.

Care is required with the descent from Red Crater, as this part of the track is steep and you are on loose scoria which can move under foot.

As you descend from the northern edge of Red crater you will come across three water-filled explosion craters called the Emerald Lakes. Minerals leaching from the adjoining thermal area, such as sulphur, cause their brilliant colour. The Maori name is Ngarotopounamu meaning greenstone-hued lakes. Despite being surrounded by steam vents called fumaroles, these lakes are very cold and freeze in winter.

These lakes are tapu (sacred) and it is disrespectful to eat or drink around their shores.

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  • Copyright: Elodie Richard (Tui75) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 18] (19)
  • Genre: 地方
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2007-02-00
  • Categories: 自然
  • Photo Version:Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-08-04 2:02
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