Emerald Lakes

Point of Interest

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Taupo District, North Island.



The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is rated as the best one-day hike in New Zealand. On this 19km journey, trek across a volcanic alpine landscape of dramatic contrasts steaming vents, glacial valleys, ancient lava flows, alpine vegetation and vivid crater lakes, all with stunning views. The the spectacular Emerald Lakes are found along the trail. After passing Red Crater, the highest point on the crossing at 1,868 m, you will then descend a steep, loose volcanic rock (scree) slope to the vivid Emerald Lakes, known as Ng Rotopounamu (greenstone-hued lakes). No camping or overnight parking allowed.

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Lat: -39.134448 Lng: 175.656372

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Stunning lakes on Mars! Definitely unlike you've ever seen before Follow me @jo__weiner


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