Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

The Love story of Mt Taranaki

 Many years ago, in the days when New Zealand was a very young country,Mt Taranaki stood in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand, a bold young man.Nearby were Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro. Taranaki fell in love with  pretty Mt Pihanga, and had  many battles with Mt Ngauruhoe to win her heart.

There was a very heated battle, and Ngauruhoe finally won. Taranaki was banished to the west, and made a lonely trek to the final place where he rests to this day. He left a  trail of tears, forming the Whanganui  River.

Mt Ngauruhoe, Tongariro National Park ,North Island, New Zealand

Mt Ngauruhoe

Mt Tongariro, Tongariro National Park, North Island( photo courtesy of the Internet)

 Mt Tongariro ash cloud 7th Aug 2012

Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park,, North Island

Mt Ruapehu

Mt Taranaki, or Mt Egmont, Egmont National Park,North Island

Mt Taranaki

Quotation of the day, from Sir Edmund Hillary,

( Mt Everest, 29th May, 1953)

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves”

Greetings from Jean

5 comments:

FlowerLady said...

Beautiful photos.

Susan Heather said...

Lovely photos - that cloud is amazing.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Wow, great pictures.

Janet said...

Wonderful legend and lovely photos of the mountains. I would so love to come and visit...

Janet said...

Wonderful legend and lovely photos of the mountains. I would so love to come and visit...