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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  • the breathtaking experience trailing around Mt. Ngauruhoe was it's something worth going all the way from Australia to NZ. Would do it again very soon.  more »
  • Our drive to Taupo took us past Mt Ngauruhoe. What a great sight . Lucky enough to see when it was almost cloud free. Situated in the Tongarariro National Park this set of mountains is a must to see. ...  more »
  • Being a freak of LOTR I was in awe of this mountain could just imagine the eye it was so much like mr doom  more »
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  • For me one of the best walks in North Island. Views are amazing, walk is hard but well worth it. Check the weather before you go there, bring some good food, plenty of water and don't rush too much and just enjoy the walk.
  • 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.
  • This is a short, brutal climb up a scree slope without a formal trail that can be done as a side-trip off the Tongariro Crossing. Ankle support and gaitors, or something to keep rocks from entering your shoe, are recommended. The scenery can be breathtaking (the ascent also, but in a different way ;-).
  • Summited this sucker. Crazy long hike. Steep cliff. Massive winds. Cold as all get out. Beautiful views. Bring gloves lol
  • 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.

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