Here we are along State Highway 48 which leads up into Whakapapa Village in Tongariro National Park. Most of the clouds that had been in the sky earlier in the day vanished, leaving clear views of Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe (the second name is pronounced somehat like “Na-ru-ho-ehh”–one of the park rangers said it for us, but I still have a hard time with the name). Mt Ngauruhoe in particular was used as inspritation for Mt Doom in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings. The actual peak could not be in the final film because it is sacred to the Maori, so the Mt Doom you see in the films is highly digitally altered.

Here we are along State Highway 48 which leads up into Whakapapa Village in Tongariro National Park. Most of the clouds that had been in the sky earlier in the day vanished, leaving clear views of Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe (the second name is pronounced somehat like “Na-ru-ho-ehh”–one of the park rangers said it for us, but I still have a hard time with the name). Mt Ngauruhoe in particular was used as inspritation for Mt Doom in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings. The actual peak could not be in the final film because it is sacred to the Maori, so the Mt Doom you see in the films is highly digitally altered.

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