Wide open adult view of Red Crater - Great walk Tongariro Crossing, NP Tongariro

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Comments (60)

Steven Sandner on June 15, 2011

Haha! yeah i saw that too!! !

Tomas K☼h☼ut on June 19, 2011

North NZ island is packed with volcanic features - hot springs, bioling pools, lakes, geysers, boiling mud, many active volcanos. This one is side volcan of Mt Ngauruhoe volcano. In Tongariro NP, there are 2 other main active volcanos: Mt Tongariro and Mt Ruapehu

Other remarkable volcano (not active, as far as I know) is Mt Taranaki.

Interesting, there were more serious earthquake in South Island recently, although there are no typical active volcanos in South Island.

Zealand is must-to-see country!

Cheers, Tom

▌CAM ╬╬O╬N╬Y╬ … on February 21, 2012

Its a trap! Greetings Tony Sydney

Tomas K☼h☼ut on February 22, 2012

Hi Tony, as Sydney citizen you have pretty chance to see this trap personally... :)


EdwardTurJ on March 2, 2012

Wonderful view!
Greetings from Czernowitz in Ukraine, Edward

Tomas K☼h☼ut on March 3, 2012

Yep Edward, I hope you enjoyed this kind of view :)


David E. Smeeth on March 23, 2012


Tomas K☼h☼ut on March 26, 2012

Yes David, ideed... I could not belive my eyes!

Hubert J. (Janiszews… on April 10, 2012

Hi Tomas, I haven't been in your gallery for a longer while... Now I have to catch up, I see you have some amazing New Zealand photos (like this one). I'd love to go there one day, if only the journey was not so expensive...

Tomas K☼h☼ut on April 11, 2012

No problem Hubert, I am guilty the same way. Too much interesting things to see here, too much attention stealers, too much friends...

I can definitely recommend you the expedition to NZ! Flights are getting cheaper, as people have less money (so they are getting in fact too expensive for majority).

Hubert J. (Janiszews… on April 11, 2012

Hello again, thanks for your reply. For us New Zealand is probably one of the most remote places on earth, thus it makes it even more exciting.

How much time did you spent there? All the time by bicycle? Where have you been in NZ? Do you have any special places to recommend? (sorry for bothering you, but I really think that sooner rather than later I will go there so I'm really curious about your journey).

Tomas K☼h☼ut on April 11, 2012

That's OK, Hubert. But it could be a long story... This is a country of my heart and I tend to speak a lot about it. ;-) I am writting the book about it at the moment.


I spent here 1.5 month (2006-7) + almost 2 months (2009). All time on bicycle, with exception of few tracks (walking) and paid trips (boat + coach criusing, helicopter, baloon).

Flight was about 51 000 Kč (2006), resp. 47 000 Kč (2009) - you can get it cheaper, these were late orders.


Bike rental: 4 100 Kč

Paid trips, entry + 2 nights on Kepler track: 12 600 Kč

Living costs: 30 600 Kč

2006 - 7:

Overall costs: 55 000 Kč (includes unexpected costs 18 500 Kč - two bike repairs, buying new camera when old one was on strike)

You can make it cheaper when hitch hiking (not commonly used practice), when avioding camps and paid attractions and eating cheapest food. But this is not the way how to enjoy it. :)

I have KMZ files with my track and comments about places I have visited, spread sheets with costs and daily tracks statistics... and also travel log (all in Czech - I think, you will undestand). Tavel log is in the Google Groups, but it is private - if you want to get access, I need to know your email used for your Google account (you must be looged in to get there). I can send you also other resources if you want.

See trip maps here: (and comments with links): http://www.panoramio.com/photo/30446937 http://www.panoramio.com/photo/28828733 http://www.panoramio.com/photo/30446943

Hubert J. (Janiszews… on April 12, 2012

Thank you Tomas! Wow, you are writing the book about NZ. Impressing, you must be real NZ enthusiast, thats for sure. What kind of book is this? A travel guide, a novel?

PS. I've sent you my e-mail via Private Message.

Tomas K☼h☼ut on April 12, 2012

Yep, you shall have reply in email.

Book is something like the guide combined with personal experience, stories and with photos.

Anyway, making a trip to NZ is rewarding idea! :))

Quentin UK on February 12, 2013

She's smoking hot!

Tomas K☼h☼ut on February 12, 2013

Yep Quentin! Indeed smoking hot! ;-)

26 links are from search engines looking something "hot", 7 links looking for what is on the photo (geological or geographical feature). How can 3 words in title misbehave the search results... and photo popularity.

Enjoy Red crater! As it was rather cold weather there (and hails were to come), I used "her" hot lava slag to make my freezing hands warmer.

Nick Weall on February 12, 2013

LOL ~ This cracks me up :)))))) A brilliant view and a marvelously misleading title ~ A double winner ~ love it

Tomas K☼h☼ut on February 12, 2013

Hi Nick, I am glad you like it. ;-)

MojaveMike on July 6, 2014

Mother Earth?

Tomas K☼h☼ut on July 7, 2014

Hi MojaveMike, definitely it looks like Mother. ;-)

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    by Tomas K☼h☼ut
    • Taken on 2006/12/31 13:30:14
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