I-Mockery's Great New Zealand Road Trip! Alpine Crossing, Zorbing, Glow Worm Caves, Hobbiton Tours, and More!
by: -RoG-


[Auckland] [Hobbiton Tour] [OGO Rotorua/ Zorbing] [Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland]
[Glow Worm Caves] [The Tongariro Alpine Crossing] [Wellington, Weta Cave, & Airport]

It's 4am as we head towards the Tongariro Alpine Crossing to get an early start on an amazing adventure.

Kiwis apparently cross the street here on skis.

A 7-8 hour hike? I wanna take a nap just thinking about it.

Obstacle, spectacle, or both?

As you can see, the path has very uneven footing... glad we rented some good hiking boots.
I pity anybody who attempts the crossing in a standard pair o' sneakers.

Bold and cold.

Loose rocks everywhere.

One does not simply walk into Mordor.

A nice little waterfall off in the distance.

A little shed off in the distance.

Toilets, mountains, and snow... oh my.

Nope, not prepared at all. Let's go home.

Re psyches herself up to tackle "The Devil's Staircase" which is right around the corner.

Wow, we've already walked pretty damn far...

...and yet there's so much farther to go.

Damn these stairs! Will they never end???

Left our mark for posterity. Awww.

In other words: The way is shut. It was made by those who are Dead. And the Dead keep it. The way is shut.

I'm sure it didn't have anything important to tell us. No need to worry.

Re cools off after surviving the Devil's Staircase.

Apparently, not everybody survives the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

More ridiculous views.

Keep on walking...

Have we climbed high enough yet? Short answer: No.

A new hike calls for a new hat.

Anybody bring a sled?

Taking a break on boulders.

Choices, choices, choices...

Let's go this way... looks easy enough.

There's still plenty more from the
New Zealand Road Trip to see!

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Reader Comments

Forum Virgin
Feb 27th, 2013, 03:52 PM
Hi RoG, These pictures are awesome! Was it expensive to go there? I have put visiting New Zealnd on my bucket-list before I die. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

-Frickin' Awesome!
Forum Virgin
Feb 27th, 2013, 04:13 PM
Great vacation...Hobbit holes, glow worms, exploding volcanoes and everything! How long was the trip?
Comic Artist in Training
Feb 27th, 2013, 09:30 PM
I don't know if I'll see Dark Escape at the nearby Dave and Busters.

Burger Rings?

That really is some great scenery for the Shire. Great sets too.

That is a big metal sheep.

Plenty of sheep indeed.

Is that ash all over those woods?

Seriously, that reddish shore looks like something on Mars. Are all those other things in Wonderland rendered in Technicolor too?

Plenty of sheep indeed.

Look at all those glowing worms.

Look at that mushroom cloud! And look at that smoke!

More sheep.

"It was beauty who killed the beast."

I understand Christopher Tolkien has been displeased with the movies. He should get a load of that burlesque show!
Forgets Passwords Easily
Feb 28th, 2013, 12:19 AM
wow, what i would give to be on a volcano when it erupts! almost anything, aside from the gear it would take for me to get away from the volcano
Feb 28th, 2013, 11:13 AM
Great article! Being in NZ just before The Hobbit released must have been surreal enough, but then to see all that other stuff, and an erupting volcano? You and Re must have some of the best luck in the world when it comes to vacations. I don't suppose you made a video of you seeing things in NZ by any chance?
Pickled Patriarch
Mar 1st, 2013, 09:37 PM
Rob Man - It was something we had been saving up to do. It's definitely not cheap, but the flights weren't too bad since we live on the West Coast 'n all.

ForgottenInvader - We were there about a week and a half.

A-bomb - Hehe, yeah we really do have some incredible luck when it comes to traveling and vacations. Couldn't believe the volcano eruption... I mean, what are the odds!? As for a video of us seeing things in NZ... nah. We shot some footage of the volcano 'n all, but the rest of the video stuff was just us driving in the car and looking at all the scenery. I'll go through it again sometime, but I think the photos tell the story of our New Zealand road trip adventure much better.
Forum Virgin
Apr 26th, 2013, 11:43 PM
I'm glad you posted this. It may have been life-changing to me, in a literal way. I only intended to take a short break when I read it and got sucked in for nearly an hour. It really makes me contemplate what kind of things I'd like to do in the long-run of my own life.

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