Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park
An easy 2 hour 5 km walk through beautiful forest around a lake which fills an extinct volcanic crater.
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Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park
The walk begins across the road from the carpark. Watch out for cars when crossing this busy road.

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park
The track climbs for about 20 minutes to the rim of the crater.

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park
When we get to this intersection, we follow the track to the right.

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park
We're walking around the lake anti-clockwise as is shown here on the map.

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park
This is Nick (I think). He's responsible for the Native Honeysuckle he's standing next to. He tied it to the host tree and it grew - so he's a happy man. Possums like Honeysuckle as much as Nick does. They eat it. In fact, possums like it so much that people like Nick use the Honeysuckle as an Indicator Species to see if there are any possums in the area. If the Honeysuckle isn't being eaten, that means the pest eradication program is working.

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park
This is Five Minute Beach. Rotopounamu fills an extinct volcanic crater. It is nine metres deep and covers one square kilometre. "Roto" is Maori for "Lake" and "pounamu" means "greenstone" or "green".

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park
In the distance is Mount Pihanga.

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park
Long Beach - a perfect picnic spot.

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park
Now we walk to the far end of Long Beach and re-enter the forest.

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park
Pãhau Kãkãpõ - Dawsonia superba - the world's tallest moss.

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park
Ten Minute Beach.

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park
The track climbs quite steeply...

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park
...to the intersection we were at earlier. Now it's an easy 20 minute downhill walk back to the carpark.

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park

Rotopounamu Walk, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

ROTOPOUNAMU WALK - Tongariro National Park