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The eruption of New Zealand’s Mount Ngauruhoe over 2,500 years ago may have looked like something straight out of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. That’s because Mount Ngauruhoe was one of director peter Jackson’s many filming locations. Ngauruhoe is depicted in the films at “Mount Doom” — the mountain in which protagonist Frodo Baggins is able to destroy the ring. After erupting 45 times in the 20th century (last erupted in the late 1970s), Ngauruhoe is no longer considered active, and has become a popular destination for hikers and climbers worldwide — like our blogger Walnuts!