From dense forests to boiling mud to a trio of smoking volcanoes, trekking the Tongariro crossing is a walk on New Zealand’s wild side. Hike through a lunar plateau with two million years of volcanic underfoot and two active cones smoldering ominously overhead.
Stop for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in an outdoor café with a view of sails in Auckland’s shimmering Waitemata Harbour. Drive to a dynamic wonderland, where pink mud pits boil, and hot springs bubble and the incongruously icy Waikato River thunders through a chasm and over Huka Falls.
Enjoy evenings, overlooking sheltered beaches, with their soft sand and blue waters, and indulge in green lipped mussels, fresh fish or succulent famous lamb.