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Cambridge, United Kingdom
September 2, 2010
From journal Around the world for a friend's wedding
April 30, 2006
From journal The Tongariro - 17kms and a Broken Toe
san francisco, California
May 17, 2003
That being said . . . this was not the easiest hike I've ever done. Granted, I wasn't in tip-top shape (before I began traveling, the biggest hike I had done in the past 10 years was probably to a sixth-story walk-up apartment), but I wasn't at the bottom of the barrel, either. The first 2 to 3 hours are *steep* and there are likely to be tons of other people making the ascent with you. I just took a lot of breaks and forced myself to keep going. And I've never been so perfectly rewarded for my efforts. It's worth it. I promise. But wear good shoes! I saw a group of girls descending in thongs and I seriously cannot even begin to imagine how they made it through to the end.
Another thing to consider before you go is the weather. I was lucky--it was a perfect day when I went. But I've spoken to people who have done this hike in the rain and, while they enjoyed it, they didn't seem nearly as impressed as I was. Apparantly it can get really really cold, wet, and windy up there, so you'll have to carry lots of extra layers with you, just in case.
It's easy to arrange a shuttle bus drop-off/pick-up to the beginning/end of the walk. I stayed at National Park (which is around 30 minutes from the walk) the evening before and after, but you can easily get transporation from Taupo as well. If you have a car, though, it probably pays to stay in National Park. There are a few nice hostels (mine had a hot tub!) and you won't have to suffer through the long bus ride back to Taupo after a full day of hiking.
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