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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 ton­gariro­cross­

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