World’s Most Beautiful Mountains

Posted on June 4, 2011

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World's Most Beautiful Mountains: MountNgauruhoe, New Zealand

Fans of the “Lord of the Rings” movies will recognize NewZealand’s Mount Ngauruhoe as the stand-in for Mount Doom. In real life, themountain isn’t so ominous; it’s part of a beautiful North Island hiking routewith views of Lake Taupo and Mount Tongariro. The volcano is still active — it lasterupted in 1977 — and visitors to the summit can see fumaroles in the craterand smell strong sulfurous gases.

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