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Mad Aussie
10-11-2011, 05:10 AM
On a trip to New Zealand to see her dad last year, Leanne went into the Tongariro National Park, where we usually visit when we get back to NZ.

The 3 main jewels of Tongariro Nat Pk are Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe, and Mt Ruapehu.

On the way from her dad's place they passed the Raukawa Falls ...
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This is Mt Ruapehu (pronounced 'Roo A Pay Who' ), one of NZ's most active volcano's and the most popular skiing destination in the North Island. I've hiked around above the upper ski lifts on this mountain while it was puffing merrily away above.
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The snow fed Tawhai ( pronounced 'Tar Fy' ) Falls below Mt Ruapehu
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The Puriri Moth. These grow to about 15cm, roughly 6 inches).
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Mt Ngauruhoe (pronounced 'Now Ru Hoe E' ) used to be the most active volcano in NZ for many years. Since the late 60's, or maybe early 70's it's been rather quiet.
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more in sec ...

Mad Aussie
10-11-2011, 05:13 AM
Behind Ngauruhoe, you can see Mt Tongariro (pronounced 'Tong Ga Rear O' ), which did a Mt Saint Helens many years ago and blew it's top clean off.
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Mad Aussie
10-12-2011, 06:52 AM
<cough> <cough> <look at my wife's NZ photos you slack bassards> <cough> <cough> :)

Wicked Dark
10-12-2011, 09:19 AM
pushy, pushy!

Those mountains are darned impressive. Also the moth; it reminds me of our Luna Moths which are also a shade of green like that and get to the same size.

casil403
10-12-2011, 09:24 AM
I too like the volcano shot. :)

Iguanasan
10-12-2011, 09:46 AM
Big fan of the Tawhai water falls... nice! That's one colourful looking moth and he looks huge.

Marko
10-12-2011, 10:17 AM
Lol- sorry MA! - my faves are Volcano shot 1 (cool bluish hues in the mountain!) and the Moth.

Mad Aussie
10-12-2011, 04:30 PM
Thanks WD, Ig and Marko :)

Guess what??! Guess What??! Yesterday we booked flights to New Zealand and will be staying in this region next April ... which is AUTUMN!!!
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aubintbay
10-12-2011, 07:40 PM
Nice set! I like the clouds hanging on the volcanoes!

Bambi
10-12-2011, 08:56 PM
Lol- sorry MA! - my faves are Volcano shot 1 (cool bluish hues in the mountain!) and the Moth.

ditto:cool:

Mad Aussie
10-13-2011, 01:34 AM
Thanks ABand Bambi :)

asnow
10-13-2011, 10:26 PM
Wow, I've never seen a moth that big. Also love the clouds over MT Ngauruhoe pics.

Mad Aussie
10-14-2011, 01:07 AM
Thanks asnow :)

jlandrews
10-15-2011, 12:20 AM
Very nice shots all. Makes me feel rather homesick.

Mad Aussie
10-15-2011, 01:10 AM
Very nice shots all. Makes me feel rather homesick.
Homesick from New Zealand?

jlandrews
10-15-2011, 03:00 AM
Yeah. I am from the South Island, Christchurch actually, which is the more beautiful of the two islands :) Now I am in Japan which is nice but I miss NZ.

Mad Aussie
10-15-2011, 04:54 AM
Yeah. I am from the South Island, Christchurch actually, which is the more beautiful of the two islands :) Now I am in Japan which is nice but I miss NZ.
Ah cool. Yeh, if you like alpine, then the South Island is more beautiful. I was born in Tauranga :)

Hillbillygirl
10-15-2011, 06:37 AM
Really like both volcano shots also. Lots of depth in them with the layers of hills before, and after.

Mad Aussie
10-15-2011, 07:06 PM
Really like both volcano shots also. Lots of depth in them with the layers of hills before, and after.
Thank you HBG :)