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Sunday, August 19, 2012
When Mount Tongariro decided to remind everyone it is still an active volcano two weeks ago, it was interesting to see the effect on the some of the parts of it I visited when I did the Tongariro Crossing walk at the beginning of last year. The eruption was centred around the Te Maari craters, which aren't on the crossing trail itself, but close enough to ensure it was in the firing line.
Here's how the trail near Ketetahi Hut looked in 2011, with the hut in the middle distance:
And how the place looked after being ash-bombed. The hut has holes in the roof that go all the way through the floorboards apparently