Hiking to Another World at Tongariro National Park

By Ryan F

Tongariro, New Zealand’s oldest national park, is absolute heaven for nature lovers who appreciate a good hike. Tongariro is found at the center of New Zealand’s north island and is most widely known for its remarkable scenery and famous volcanoes. In fact, Tongariro’s striking visual appeal is so pronounced, that a lot of the footage seen on blockbuster-film Lord of the Rings was actually filmed right here, at the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

One of the Most Beautiful Hikes on Earth

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the world’s most famous hiking tracks. Its stunning vistas are yet to be matched anywhere else on the planet. However, you should consider the fact this is a full-day hike offers plenty of challenge, so make sure you’re up to the task. The best times of year to visit are during Spring or Summer seasons, when the blinding shimmer from the lakes below make it clear why this is the most famous day walk in New Zealand. When you reach Red Crater’s highest peak, prepare for an eye-popping 360-degree view of many surrounding volcanoes. Truly, this is a sight to behold.

Tongariro offers plenty walking and hiking tracks, including both short walks and a few overnight hikes for those looking for a more extreme experience. For example, the Silica rapids is wonderful 2-hour walk filled with beauty, while the Northern Circuit is a 3-day monumental journey that will stay with you for life. Whatever you’re looking for, Tongariro has it, like nowhere else in the world.