New Zealand’s Emerald Lakes // FLASHBACK FRIDAY

One of the first things I did on my month-long trip through New Zealand was the Tongariro Crossing. Renowned as the best day hike in the country, it takes you on a 12-mile journey through volcanoes, lakes, and a very Mars-like terrain; past active volcano Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe, and – most gorgeous of all – the Emerald Lakes.

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Now, this was in 2006, i.e. very early in my traveling life – so I didn’t have a whole lot to compare it to. But 8 years and 15+ countries later, I can say with assurance that the Tongariro Crossing is one of the most uniquely scenic hikes in the world. I mean… look at the Emerald Lakes nestled by the volcano. STUNNING.

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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