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Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with children - SELIMS RAASTA
One of the goals during our one year of travel in New Zealand was to do atleast one of the Great Walks that this country is famous for. We went to Mt Ruapehu for our first skiing experience (which was epic) and during that trip we stopped at the information centre at National Park and got information from the helpful staff on the hikes we could do with the kids. We decided to go with the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, claimed to be the greatest day hike in New Zealand and made even more famous by being the setting for Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is located in New Zealand’s oldest national park and is a dual World Heritage Site. It crosses the volcanic centre of New Zealand’s North Island, between the summits of Mount Tongariro (1967m) and Mount Ngauruhoe (2287m). The walk is 19.4km long and is a one way journey which starts at around 1100 metres and peaks at around 1880 metres. There is the option to climb to the top of both Tongariro and Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom) during the hike. Prior to this hike, the kids had only done 10-12k hikes, but we felt confident ...