Central Crater, Tongariro, Ngauruhoe. The floor of "Central Crater", in the foreground, is actually a weathered ash and lava filled old drainage basin rather than a true crater. Note the poles marking the track from Red Crater - if the weather turns bad never lose sight of the track (and carry a compass and map and know how to use them).
Due to the need to keep to schedule to meet the boat, the more frequent encounters with walkers and bike riders coming the other way on day outings, and the vast expanse of the beech forest, we somehow both failed to take a good snap of the final walk through the forest - perhaps next time.
After reaching the end of the track there was additional 800m walk to the jetty to meet the boat that would take us back to Picton.
Looking back on Mistletoe Bay. The track runs down the largest hill in the centre of the image down across the saddle visible on the extreme left of the image. The James Vogel walk comes down from the main track through the most darkly shaded trees in the centre of the image. Shortly after this image the remainder of the track passes though a long stretch of beech forest.