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Long-Distance Walks with Mark Moxon

Tongariro Northern Circuit: Preamble

Mt Ngauruhoe
Mt Ngauruhoe, a younger volcanic cone on the side of Tongariro

With my work done in Taranaki, I didn't waste any time in driving to Whakapapa Village, the main town in Tongariro National Park in the centre of the North Island. On the way I passed through sleepy Raurimu, where only the Saturday before a loony had gone crazy with a gun and blown a bunch of innocent people away. It was such a tiny little place, easy to miss in the blink of an eye, which just goes to show that in this day and age, it's always the quiet ones that go off at the deep end...