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    Tackling the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand

    As I touched on in my last Postcards Home post (if you haven’t read it already, check it out here), last week I trekked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing – a 19.4km trek through extraordinary volcanic terrain, mountains and lakes.

    We began the walk at 7am following the Mangetepopo Stream along flat boardwalks, which were sunken in towering, rocky mountains, until we reached the aptly named ‘Devil’s Staircase’. I’m not going to lie, when my information sheet read ‘prepare yourself mentally for the challenge ahead’, I wasn’t filled with hope.

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