Mount Ngauruhoe, Turangi

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Mount Ngauruhoe is an active stratovolcano or composite cone in New Zealand, made from layers of lava and tephra. It is the youngest vent in the Tongariro volcanic complex on the Central Plateau of the North Island, and first erupted about 2,500 years ago. Although seen by most as a volcano in its own right, it is technically a secondary cone of Mount Tongariro.The volcano lies between the active volcanoes of Mount Tongariro to the north and Mount Ruapehu to the south, to the west of the Rangipo Desert and 25 kilometres to the south of the southern shore of Lake Taupo.Māori traditionsThe volcano was named by Ngātoro-i-rangi, an ancestor of the local Māori iwi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa. Local traditions say that Ngātoro-i-rangi called volcanic fire from his homeland Hawaiki which eventually emerged at Ngauruhoe. The name either commemorates his slave, who had died from the cold before the fire arrived, or refers to the insertions (ngā uru) of his hoe (paddle-like staff) into the ground.Recent activityNgauruhoe erupted 45 times in the 20th century, most recently in 1974. Fumaroles exist inside the inner crater and on the rim of the eastern, outer crater. Climbers who suffer from asthma may be affected by the strong sulphurous gases emitted from the crater.
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  • made the effort to travel to the Tongariro national park a to see specific sights and Mt Ngauruhoe was one of them , the trail from the Mangatepopo car park and made our way along the path to the base...  more »
  • Good place for fun and snow activities. My family really enjoyed the snow fall and snow activities. Cannot wait to visit again:))@$$  more »
  • Did not do the track but great scenery all around, even with the overcast day I visited. Its not everyday (for me) that you get to see such landscapes and beauty like that.  more »
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  • Great hike, the view at the top is worth every effort. What made the hike even more beautiful, we did it on Christmas day with a group of close friends. It was amazing.
  • Great hike up mount doom. Very steep and rocky, be prepared for a challenge - there is a ton of loose rock and sand. The view is awesome and all encapsulating.
  • It's a very rough climb to the top. The hill side is mostly composed of loose rocks, it is a very slippery climb, however the view at the top is amazing.
  • Amazing place. Had a great hike and did not run in to any maia. Pack lots of water & sunscreen.
  • It's a difficult climb to get to the top and would probably take you about 1.5-2 hours to climb but the views are definitely worth it, they are breathtaking! If you are in shape you should definitely do it!

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