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Tackle the Tongariro Crossing

The Tongariro National Park will provide you with one of the most spectacular hiking holidays you're likely to ever experience, and you don't even have to be an avid hiker to cross this one off your list.

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

New Zealand's oldest national park and a duel World Heritage Site, the Tongariro Crossing is truly a special place. In fact, it's so awe-inspiring that it was used as the location of Mordor in the Lord of the Rings films. The jagged volcanic rock formations and barren landscapes of the park really brought the films to life, with Mount Ngauruhoe transformed into Mount Doom for the movies. See this mountain, along with Tongariro and Ruapehu, as you traverse the park's landscape.

Widely regarded as the best one-day trek available in Aotearoa, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is the perfect addition to all travellers' nature tours. Some believe it's even one of the best single-day treks anywhere in the world, and with its location in the middle of the North Island, you don't have to travel far to reach it. Once you strap up your hiking boots and start climbing, it's just over 19 kilometres to journey around the steep terrain, and it's one walk you're guaranteed to remember forever.

While you're walking you'll come across a cold mountain spring, active volcanic craters, old lava flows and thermal steam vents to keep you entertained and enthralled the whole way round. Spot deep emerald and blue lakes that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief, along with native alpine flora and fauna that enhance the enchanting views over the North Island's mountains and lakes. You're no longer watching a movie – you're living your own fantasy.