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New Zealand pt 2
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And so I headed to Rotorua.



Mt Ruapehu from the South

Mt Ruapehu

Mt Ruapehu

From the West
Mt Ruapehu

Mt Ngauruhoe. Look familliar? It was used as the model for Mount Doom in the Lord Of The Rings movies.
Mt Ngauruhoe

An active volcano. Last erupted in the 1970s.
Mt Ngauruhoe

Alpine flowers on the slopes of Ruapehu
Alpine Flowers

Where Frodo and Sam were filmed heading off into the Emyn Muil at the end of Fellowship Of The Ring.
Mt Ruapehu

Tiny alpine flowers
Tiny Alpine Flowers

Ruapehu is an active volcane and has many vents on the slopes.
Mt Ruapehu

Lake Taupo, looking North
Lake Taupo

Huka Falls, Taupo
Huka Falls

The whole of Lake Taupo drains through this one gap
Huka Falls

A native moorhen, the name of which escapes me
NZ319

Ruapehu from Taupo
Mt Ruapehu from Taupo

And now, some big panoramas to test your side-scrolling

Lake Taupo
Lake Taupo Panorama

The view north from Ruapehu
Ruapehu Panorama

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The Pukeko - they're pretty birds.

And those falls - it's all fresh water, too. Can you imagine if we put that in the middle of Dubbo, how much land we could grow stuff on then? If only we had a long, wide pipe, and didn't have that slight issue of the fault line to take it across...

Awesome pics! I guess one does simply walk into Mordor :P

You can drive there. Turn off Highway 47 onto road 48, then drive to Iwikau.

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