Overlooking Christchurch. Photo by Chris Schoenbaum.
Moderate: Tongariro Crossing(North Island, Tongariro NP)
The Tongariro Crossing hike
8 hours, 19. 4 kms, very well marked. 4 and 5 day circuits also available.
Season: All year round, but best Nov – April. Snow and ice on track in winter.
Booking: You’ll need to be picked up at the end, usually provided by hotels/lodges in the area.
This is the best one day walk in New Zealand, in an area bubbling with Maori history, live volcanoes, boiling mud pools and craters. The walk passes through alpine tussock-lands before ascending into a dramatic lunar landscape, skirting emerald lakes and hot springs.