This is a landmark day for me! One of my rare photos – since I vowed not to take photos anymore. Must have been taken with my phone. Anyway, Mt Pihanga is closer to Turangi than Whakapapa but overlooks the gorgeous Lake Rotopounamu which is part of Tongariro National Park, although separated from and north of the mountains. The lake has a circumference of only about five kilometres. It was created about 10,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption damming the outlet of a watercourse. It’s acidity is not much higher than natual rainwater. Tongariro Natural History Society – which features in Fire in the Mountain – have had a predator trapping programme in place for approximately eight years. Currently there is a programme where one may adopt a hectare. www.tongariro.org.nz
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