Tongariro Crossing

January 17, 2014


Photographer: Ryan Miller
Summary Author: Ryan Miller

The photo above shows a portion of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing mountain trail on the North Island of New Zealand. This crossing stretches across the Tongariro volcanic complex on the North Island's Central Plateau. Seen in the background at left center is Mount Ngauruhoe, a parasitic stratovolcano rising to a height of about 7,500 ft (2,290 m). In the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Mount Ngauruhoe was featured as Mt. Doom. The crossing is approximately 12 mi (19 km) in length and normally takes about seven hours to complete. Photo taken on March 29, 2011.