Kiwi man toasts marshmallows over volcano
A Christchurch expat filmed toasting marshmallows over a volcano says hot lava is the perfect roaster.
Air Taxi Vanuatu owner Simon Turner, who was "born and raised" in Christchurch, turned roasting on an open fire into an epic adventure by taking his marshmallows to a lava lake inside Vanuatu's Marcum Crater.
Turner used a spare tent peg to hold the marshmallow over the hot lava lake, which was believed to be more than 1000 degrees Celsius.
"It was an amazing experience, incredible, like being on Mars."
The heat from the "spectacular" lava lake created a "perfect" roast marshmallow, he said.
"It was the best I've ever had, no burning, and a perfect consistency inside."
Turner was filmed drinking a beer and roasting marshmallows over the lava lake by friend Bradley Ambrose, an Auckland-based cameraman.
He hoped people would see from the video that the volcano was accessible. He had climbed it before, but the marshmallow expedition was the first time he had abseiled into the crater.
"People can come over here and do it and it's an incredible experience. It's just something very unique and it's very close to New Zealand," he said.
The crater is part of the volcano Ambrym, one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
Their 400-metre descent into the crater happened about six months ago, but the video was only posted on YouTube on January 6 and had recorded more than 74,000 views since .