THE TONGARIRO CROSSING
New Zealanders have a national obsession with hiking (they call it tramping) and there are treks and trails everywhere. One of the best is the 19.4km Tongariro Crossing, rated as one of the top 10 single-day treks in the world.
Volcanic activity permitting, it takes you through the unearthly landscapes of the three great volcanoes at the centre of the North Island. If they look familiar it’s because the footage for the land of Mordor in The Lord of the Rings was filmed there. See tongarirocrossing.org.nz