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Start early to conquer the mighty Tongariro Crossing. It’s not uncommon to experience all 4 seasons within a day in this region of New Zealand’s North Island. Come prepared with plenty of layers, water, and food for a full day of exploring. One of the regular shuttle buses will take you back to either your car or Taupo. Book ahead.
The Maori Carvings on Lake Taupo started as an art project for a few local students. Now, their significant cultural meaning sees both local and foreign travellers paddling or sailing across the lake to get a glimpse themselves.
The Hooker Valley track has some of the region’s best views across the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. During high season (November to February) the easy 2-3h return walking trail sees a sharp rise in visitor numbers. Dawn and dusk make for the best photo opportunities.