The walk is beautiful and accessible but you … One of our ‘rituals’ whenever we visit is to drive up and watch the sun setting as we contemplate our time on the mountains. In July it was snow covered and although we could not walk the Tongariro alpine crossing without a guide we walked as far as possible to the mountain. In the non-fiction realm, the Tongariro National Park mountain appeals to adventurous New Zealand travellers eager to conquer its majestic summit. There have been no eruptions since 19th February 1975 and the temperature of fumaroles in the crater floor has steadily cooled since 1979, suggesting that the main vent is becoming blocked. Mt Ngauruhoe has been active for at least 2,500 years. Mount Ruapehu at 2797m and Mount Tongariro at 1967m are the other two. In fact we still take photos every time we visit and one of our favourite views, dare we say it, the best view of Mount Ngauruhoe is from Bruce Road which snakes its way up Mount Ruapehu towards the Whakapapa ski fields. It has produced more than 70 eruptive episodes since 1839. Viewed from the west, the triptych 1 presented by Mts Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu is arguably one of the finest views on New Zealand’s North Island. The first time we drove and Mount Ngauruhoe came into view it did not disappoint. In respect of their wishes, DOC rangers removed signs directing visitors to the peak in 2017. The climb, however, is not one for faint-hearted Hobbits. Lord of the Rings fans will know Mt Ngauruhoe as the epic volcanic force that brought Mt Doom to life. Mount Ngauruhoe, and specifically its peak, is regarded as sacred to the local Maori hapū, Ngāti Hikairo Ki Tongariro. The three mountains are an impressive sight. The walk is beautiful and accessible but you … I was not aware of this when I climbed the peak. From this angle Ngauruhoe is the centre of the three principal volcanoes and, together with Tongariro, is located on the southern edge of the Tongariro volcanic plateau. The first time we drove and Mount Ngauruhoe came into view it did not disappoint. In July it was snow covered and although we could not walk the Tongariro alpine crossing without a guide we walked as far as possible to the mountain. Mount Ngauruhoe, at 2287m, (Mount Doom in Lord of the RIngs) is one of three majestic, active volcanic mountains at Tongariro National Park, the oldest NP in New Zealand. Turangi Tourism; Turangi Hotels; Bed and Breakfast Turangi; Turangi Holiday Rentals; Flights to Turangi; Turangi Restaurants Mount Tongariro was smoking when we visited.