13 April 2007
Tramping Through Orc Country
At the end of March, with six men from our church, I hiked the challenging one-day “tramp” across Tongariro National Park. The 17 km. Tongariro Crossing has long been known as one of the best one-day hikes in New Zealand, if not the world. However, in recent years, as the brochures attest, tourists come to visit “The Lord of the Rings” movie locations, including Mordor, Door of Sammath Naur, the slopes of Mt. Doom, Barren Waste Lands, Sea of Boulders and Orc Country.
So, the choice is yours, (1) for $185 per person you can take the tour, or Door Number (2) you can pay the $25 round trip bus fare and hike the whole thing. I recommend the hike.
Take a look, see what you think. http://picasaweb.google.com/seajaybee/TongariroCrossing