8:10 am, on the shuttle bus to the start of the track. The series of low peaks on the left is Tongariro, the rather lovely symmetrical scoria cone on the right is Ngauruhoe. The track goes over the low bit in the middle and that's where we're headed, along with a few hundred other people.
I am not, in any way shape or form, an outdoors-woman (despite owning tramping boots). I am also not terribly fit at the moment. For me, this tramp was quite a hard ask, and I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself at having done it.