2nd to last day of the regular season (24th May, 2013) and it was perfect. A bit of snow the nights before, lots of people and blue skies. My Canadian mate loved it. Hard Yakka but worth every blister. Mt Taranaki behind us at the beginning, Lake Taupo in front at the end, and the ever present Mt Ngauruhoe beside us gleaming in the sun with her white hat on. The emerald lakes were aptly named and showed off their brilliant colour in the sun. A must do for any outdoors lover. Im a 55 year old, a bit over weight, and under fit and made it in 8.75 hrs. Couldn't walk for 2 days afterwards but would not trade it for any other wilderness trek I've done.Another tick on the Bucket List.
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