Limber up! Today you get the chance to tick off one of the most popular hikes in New Zealand, the epic Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Considered one of the world’s top one-day walks, this 19km hike takes you across a rocky plateau with dramatic volcanic peaks, craters and turquoise lakes that you (and your Instagram feed) will remember for a lifetime.
The Crossing is open to walk year-round (alpine gear and guide are required in winter), but it is subject to weather conditions. If the weather prevents you from doing the Crossing, there are other awesome short walks in the area.
Tonight, unwind after a big day in a cosy historic lodge in Raetihi – complete with a pamper room, spa bath and mountain views.
Accommodation: Historic restored lodge with mountain views