The Tussock Traverse goes from Tukino, on the Desert Road side of Ruapehu, across the most spectacular landscape, to Whakapapa. Fantastic conditions, amazing organisation and the friendliest marshals you could ask for. And a running/walking buddy who was great company. Two ‘broken’ runners, we walked and ran the 26km together and finished together. Difficult to pick the best photo of the day…. so here’s one at the start and one somewhere on the way!
Too windy for the Tongariro Crossing so we headed for Tama Lakes. Turned into a beautiful day so a heap of stunning photos but I cheated so much yesterday that I’ll have to choose only one today!
This is the highest point looking down to the lower Tama Lake with a still snow be-robed Ruapehu behind.
A very frosty morning at the lake today but it was good to be able to start running in the light as the sun rose. The sharp blue sky of Hamilton gave way to increasing cloud as I flew South. Even through the murky yellowness of the plane window Ngarahoe shone resplendent enrobed in snow. It was a bumpy old descent into Wellington but the wind roared and hissed and had blown itself and the rain away before we headed out to sample the craft beer delights of Beervana.
So today’s photos tell a story of winter weather and warming beer!
Our midwinter weekend away. Family time, time to relax, recharge batteries, enjoy the fresh air and take in the magnificent scenery. Love Tongariro because we can get above the tree line and appreciate the big skies and the rugged terrain. So difficult to choose a photo today because I took so many! Maybe this one at the end of the day when the sun was setting in the west and casting it’s light on Mount Ruapehu and the moon was rising next to it.