Tongariro National Park

The Tongariro National Park is where the North Island horizon gets claimed by mighty volcanos. It’s a trio of peaks that dominates, from serrated Mount Ruapehu to the dusty caldera of Mount Ngauruhoe. You can see them from miles off, enfolded by dashes of kamahi bush and beech forests, streaked with snow, and often haloed in wisps of cloud. Tempted? The hiking here is second to none. The awesome Tongariro Alpine Crossing usually tops the bill. Lasting up to eight hours, it’s a 12-mile trek through the very heart of the reserve. Along the way, you’ll delve into the Mangatepopo Valley and its moss-clad lava chutes, spy iridescent volcanic pools ringed by buttercups, and, of course, enjoy jaw-dropping views of the three soaring summits themselves.

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