We arrived in Taupo and i think we lost our minds cos we booked ourselves onto a trip to do an eight hour trek across Tongariro National Park. This is the location used for the filming of Lord of the Rings and one of the volcanoes there is Mt Doom!!! This volcano is active and is due to errupt any day! The three volcanoes we hiked across are called Tongariro, Negauruhoe and Ruapehu. The first half of the day was spent clambering up the devils staircase, this was grueling!!! The next half was spent almost sliding down the scree slopes on the other side with legs like jelly. Oh yes we felt it then and the next day!!! That night we decided to ease the pain and reward ourselves with a few beers in Taupo and a spa.
Lots of love Faye and Jess