Have you watched Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy? I bet most of us have. Do you still remember Mount Doom, a fictional volcano located in the black land of Mordor? Well, Ngauruhoe Volcano was used as a stand in for Mount Doom back then.
Mount Ngauruhoe is an active stratovolcano located in North Island, New Zealand and is approximately 25 kilometers to the south of Lake Taupo. It stands at 2,291 meters above the sea level and is one of the youngest volcanoes in the Mount Tongariro volcanic complex. The name Ngauruhoe is believed to be derived from Maori language Nga Uru Hoe which literally means “throwing heated stones”.
Mount Ngauruhoe is located within the Tongariro National Park, which is the oldest national park in New Zealand as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. Hiking and climbing are popular activities in the national park during summer while skiing and snowboarding are popular during the winter. Some of the most popular tracks among worldwide trekkers in Tongariro National Park are the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the Tongariro Northern Circuit. The track passes active volcanoes of Tongariro and Ngauruhoe and side trips to the summit of both volcanoes can be arranged.
Mount Ngauruhoe climb