Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand [360-Degree Panorama]

Our trek to the Tongariro Crossing on New Zealand’s North Island was the trek that almost wasn’t. Winds were fierce, rains continued to pour down and visibility only seemed to get worse right up to the day before we were set to hike.

As night fell, winds began to subside and the rain slowed, but it still didn’t look good. We prepared ourselves for the worst.

The next morning, however, a shift. Timed for our late start, winds died further, clouds burned off and blue skies emerged. This was our Tongariro Crossing. Open up the panorama to full screen to see what we found: the Emerald Lakes, the Red Crater and hints of Mordor.

And in case you’re wondering, none of these colors are Photoshopped or enhanced. They are just as Mother Nature (and New Zealand) designed.

Panorama: Emerald Lakes at Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand

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Disclosure: Our New Zealand Encompassed Tour was provided by G Adventures in connection with its Wanderers in Residence program. Our flights were kindly sponsored by Air New Zealand. As always, the opinions expressed here are entirely our own.

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  1. says

    Amazing view Daniel and Audrey. Must be one hell of a trekking experience. I was wondering, if you could tell me how to take this panorama shot. It is awesome. How can I integrate it with my site. I have been to some very beautiful places.

  2. says

    Absolutely amazing landscape, you were able to capture it so well. After watching this full screen on my TV I almost felt like I was standing there experiencing it first hand. I will defiantly have to share it with my friends and family. Thank-you so much for sharing

  3. says

    @Scott: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!

    @Sachin: To make these 360-degree panoramas, we use an 8mm lens. We take 4 photos, each at a 90 degree angle + one photo overhead (to get sky, roof, etc.). Then we stitch these 5 images together with Autopano Giga for a flat panoramic photo. From this, we use Panotour Pro to make the flash “tour” you see above.

    @Patty: New Zealand is a special place! Glad you’re enjoying our posts and photos!

    @Nicole: Fortunately, the nature in New Zealand isn’t changing so the nature and its beauty is still the same as you remember. It is a gorgeous country!

    @Michael: Glad you enjoyed this and opened it up to full screen on your TV. Very cool. Thanks for sharing this with others!

  4. says

    That panorama is absolutely stunning, is there anything computers can’t do? Thanks for the post, and for the info on how you did it.

  5. says

    What a fantastic idea – I looked at your Indian slum panoramas but couldn’t resist clicking on the NZ links. Tongariro takes me back – when I walked it I remember thinking it looked like the surface of Mars!

  6. says

    @Kerry: Yes!! There are parts of the trek that feel like you’re walking on Mars. Love how the landscape and colors change from one part of the trek to another. Such a wonderful day hike.

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