My favorite spot in New Zealand North Island was the Tongariro National Park, another volcanic highlight of New Zealand like Wai-o-tapu. As I am not so good with words, I will show you with pictures. Be ready to be blown away by the landscapes!
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INFO & PLANNING TIPS - TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK
Tongariro was the first national park in New Zealand and established in 1887. It is also a dual World Heritage area for its Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its volcanic features. It offers a large variety of landscapes with lake, herb fields, plateau and active volcanoes. It is the home of the
The Tongariro Alpine crossing
I personally did not do the Tongariro alpine crossing as I am not fit enough (it is a full day hike with some steep area, more information on the crossing’s website). Most of the people on my tour did it, and they felt really challenged. The top can be very windy and they had to squat to cross a very narrow path. A scary moment according to all. But they appreciated the rest of the walk and the incredible landscape.
The picture below shows you their state after. So I think I took the right decision even though I wished I had seen the sceneries of this hike considered as one of the best one day hike in the world!
An active volcanic area
The area is volcanic and active. I walked a little bit while waiting for them to finish and came across this sign.
And from the road we could the fumes coming from the volcano:
Driving around the Tongariro National Park
The contrast between the abundant fields near the road and the dryness of those cone shape formations made me fall in love with the area. And I am not ashamed to share that I even cried touched by the beauty of the place! (but my brother used to call me 'robinet' (tap in French) when I was a little girl…).
If one day I am lucky enough to travel again in New Zealand, I will for sure spend more time there to explore the area.
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Stunning landscapes, don't you think?