10 Tongariro National Park New Zealand Pictures Gallery
Tongariro is the oldest national park in New Zealand which is located in the central North Island. This national park has three active volcanoes located at the southern end; Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. The third mountain last erupted in August 2012.
Tongariro National Park also has two other active volcanoes in the north end, which last erupted more than 20,000 years ago. As reported Amusingplanet, Ruapehu itself is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and also the largest active volcano in New Zealand.
Experienced a minor eruption almost every year, Ruapehu began erupting at least 250,000 years ago. The biggest eruption occurred on this mountain successfully gave birth to a beautiful crater lake. Bright colors of the lake caused by the minerals dissolved in the water that comes from the surrounding rocks.
Not far from Rupehu, there is Mount Tongariro is composed of at least 12 volcanic cones. Geologically, Ngauruhoe is actually a part of the volcanic cone of Mount Tongariro. The mountain is also considered as the most active and has erupted more than 70 times since 1839. There are many craters that formed around the mountain is a result of a massive explosion. Some of them have been filled with water called Lake Blue and Emerald Lakes.
For those of you like watching Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mount Tongariro, Ruapehu and the surrounding area is one of several locations used for the filming.