It's a volcanic landscape, with tussock and beech forest, mountains and streams, lakes and waterfalls.
There are multi-day hikes in this area. There are also walks that range from a few minutes to a whole day. The main walk we did on this visit was to and from the Tama Lakes, two old explosion craters.
|Lower Tama Lake, Ruapehu in background|
|Upper Tama Lake, Ngauruhoe in background|
My character stays in a rather basic hut, but I was fortunate enough to be staying in the very comfortable hotel that opened in 1930. It's just visible as a white speck below the patch of dark green a little to the right of the centre of this photograph, below taken from the track overlooking the upper Tama Lake:
Journey's end was in sight, albeit at quite some distance. I slept soundly that night.