Tongariro National Park
This huge, single-day hike is in the running for the "Best Day Hike in the World" contest. If you're spending time in Taupo on the North Island of New Zealand and you love a challenging hike with unbelievable topography, be sure to give yourself a few days (in hopes of catching a full day of good weather) to tackle the crossing. It's a Middle Earth–esque lunar landscape. I've never seen anything like it anywhere else in the world. This hike is a beautiful day in the pristine playground known as New Zealand.
By Bronwen Gregory, AFAR Local Expert
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