Weekend Away ~ Tongariro Alpine Crossing!

Over the weekend my darling Hubby and I did the Tongariro Crossing.
It was amazing, breathtaking (in more ways then one), hard work and STUNNING!
We had the most perfect day for it.
I had never done it before and always wanted to.
Hubby has done it once before but it was snowing and well he could hardly see his hand in front of his face for half of it!

If you don’t know Tongariro is the smallest of the three volcano’s in the middle of the North Island of NZ.
The biggest is Ruapehu, where you will find the ski fields in winter.
The middle on (but the steepest) Is Ngauruhoe, you can climb this too off the Tongariro track but you would have to be a special kind of crazy to attempt that!

Here are some pictures from our trip!
We did this on Sunday and completed it in 6hours and 45minutes.

Sunrise - Ruapehu on the right, Ngauruhoe in the centre and Tongariro off to the left!

Sunrise – Ruapehu on the right, Ngauruhoe in the centre and Tongariro off to the left!

Looking back across National Park, you can just make out Mt Taranaki in the distance!

Looking back across National Park, you can just make out Mt Taranaki in the distance!

Mt Ngauruhoe

Mt Ngauruhoe

Looking back towards Mt Ngauruhoe across an old crater lake.

Looking back towards Mt Ngauruhoe across an old crater lake.

The Emerald Lakes

The Emerald Lakes

Me at The Emerald Lakes, in the distance you are looking towards the dessert road.

Me at The Emerald Lakes, in the distance you are looking towards the dessert road.

One of The Emerald Lakes

One of The Emerald Lakes

The Blue Lake

The Blue Lake

Looking down the other side, you can see Lake Rotoaira and Lake Taupo in the distance

Looking down the other side, you can see Lake Rotoaira and Lake Taupo in the distance

The Active part of Mt Tongariro, blowing steam!

The Active part of Mt Tongariro, blowing steam!

The very very very winding path down the other side!

The very very very winding path down the other side!

A grey stream, it wasn't cold, but it wasn't hot like I was expecting either!

A grey stream, it wasn’t cold, but it wasn’t hot like I was expecting either!

On the Saturday we did a lovely little 15min walk down to Tawhai Falls:

Then on our trip home on Monday I made my Hubby stop at EVERY second hand shop we saw between National Park and Wellington!
Now hubby knows how crazy I can get looking for patterns, fabrics and other pretty bargains!
Here are some of my super good scores AND hubby even found cool old tools so not so bad after all!

These three items were $5 all together from a place in Taihape!!!

These three items were $5 all together from a place in Taihape!!!

2M FOR 50CENTS!!!!!! from Trash Palace in Porirua!

2M FOR 50CENTS!!!!!! from Trash Palace in Porirua!

Bargain indeed!

Bargain indeed!

Then I got home to find lots and lots of packages all just for me!

All the way from France ... EXCITE!!!

All the way from France … EXCITE!!!

It was the Deer and Doe patterns I ordered! So excited!

It was the Deer and Doe patterns I ordered! So excited!

And this book which I can’t wait to sit down and read!!!

And that is all my exciting news for the moment!
Laura xx

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