Rotorua – Turangi

We leave Rotorua after a short walking through the city center, heading towards Turangi, a town on the shores of Lake Taupo at the border of Tongariro National Park, which contains within it the volcanoes Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, of which the last eruptions were in 1995 to 1996. Along the way we stop to visit the Waimangu volcanic valley, a walking trail of about four kilometers that moves through lakes steaming hot waterfalls, rivers and rainforest up to Lake Rotomahana, all the path is at the foot of the now silent volcano Tarawera, that with its last eruption in 1886 completely changed the look of this area also destroying an entire village. We continue our journey stopping to watch the Huka Falls a gorge of several hundred feet where the water flows rushing before to jump into the pond below. We arrive late afternoon in Turangi and ask if it’s possible to go to see the famous Lake Emerald on the Tongariro but the Tourist Office warns us that ice crampons are needed, thus we decide that tomorrow we will make a complete tour of the park.