The Northern Circuit

At 12:06 pm, almost three hours after leaving Whakapapa Village, we got our first view of the Mangatepopo hut: the roof is a tiny white line about one-fifth the way in from the left-hand edge of the photo and a little above the height of Heather’s head. Mt Tongariro (1,968 metres / 6,456 feet) dominates the distant skyline.