Welcome to another Mountainous Monday, a new series on we12travel about the most amazing mountains we have stumbled upon during our travels. Last week we promised you guys the one that rules them all and dooms them all. We were referring to the Lord of the Rings movies, in which Mount Ngauruhoe featured.
First, let us explain how to pronounce this tongue twister. It took us four days around the mountain to be able to properly pronounce it. It goes something like Nue-how-rue-hue. Ngauruhoe is actually a volcano and is located in the Tongariro National Park in New Zealand. The easiest way to reach it is by car. You may also use a bus to get to the nearby town of National Park but from there you will still need a car to get to the base of the mountain.
The only way to reach the base of Ngauruhoe is by foot. If you walk the famous Tongariro Crossing Alpine hike you will pass by its base about one third into the hike. The strong ones can attempt to climb it, however, its scree slopes are quite a challenge from what we’ve heard. We saw the mountain first time from National Park village and later on during our trek on the Tongariro Northern Circuit.
It’s one of the most perfect sized cone volcanoes in New Zealand and was there for chosen to feature as Mt. Doom in Lord of the Rings, together with nearby Mt. Ruapehu. As Ngauruhoe is a sacred mountain for the Maori, it was not allowed to film into the crater, however various scenes were filmed on the slopes of it.
Ngauruhoe is 2.291 meters high and its last eruption was in 2012. The whole area around it is volcanic and makes up for some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand. Below we’ve posted some pictures of this magnificent mountain that we will always have nothing but respect for. If we ever make it back to New Zealand for the third time, we will definitely pay another visit, if only for a short time to admire its pure beauty.
Want to read more about Ngauruhoe and Tongariro or any of our other adventures?
– Park Post: Tongariro National Park
– Tramping New Zealand: Tongariro Northern Circuit
– Tramping New Zealand: Routeburn Track
Previous episodes of the Mountainous Monday series can be found here.
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