The view was not to be - while it didn't rain the sky was overcast and the view towards Tongariro too hazy to see much. Nevertheless the climb was, as always, enjoyable and the colours of the mountain spectacular, in one place emphasizing the volcanic origin of Tihia itself. Here are a few photos taken to record the colours on the climb. As usual, the winter intensifies the colours of the vegetation.
|Dracophyllum in sub-alpine scrub|
|Volcanic Rock Uncovered by Erosion|
|Mosses and Lichens on Rock|
|Podocarp (Matai) Bark Flaked Off Bole of Tree|