Tongariro Northern Circuit, North Island, New Zealand

This is one the best multi-day hikes I have ever done and one of my favourites in New Zealand. On my first trip to New Zealand, I did the one day Tongariro Crossing but barely saw anything due to dense fog. On my second trip, I did the 3 day Tongariro Northern Circuit and lucked out with great weather. The Tongariro Crossing is a great day hike that cuts across a fantastic volcanic area. The Tongariro Northern Circuit follows most of the Tongariro Crossing but then turns off to take in more of the surrounding area. They are both excellent but the multi-day hike gives you a better understanding of the whole area.

Fun Fact: One of the volcanoes, Mt Ngaurohoe, was used as Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings movies. 

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