Tongariro Park was opened in 1887 and happened to be the first national park in New Zealand. It also has three volcanoes which are Tongariro, Ngaruhoe and Ruapehu. The Lord of the Rings trilogy kind of made Mount Ngaruhoe famous by terming it as Mount Doom. The landscape has a lot of variety and you can find not just volcanic rocks, but also craters, snow fields and forests. The places are so different that they can get distracting after a point and it keeps getting more intriguing.

Tongariro crossing one-day hike

Travel websites rate the one-day hike in Tongariro Crossing as the best. The length is about 20 km and the timespan to cover it goes to about 7 or 8 hours. For people living in Taupo, which happens to be the adventure capital of North Island, there are plenty of tour operators at your disposal to choose from and they offer guided tours, throwing in transport to reach and come back from the mountain. The crossing is in no way like a circular track and you can only reach through varied terrain. This would include lava flowing, volcanic rocks and lakes of beautiful colours.

Look at the Army Museum

For people in the area of the Desert road, the Army Museum is a place that should be visited most definitely. If somebody gets tired of all the nature that you get to see in New Zealand, a museum links the person back to the normality of the life we see and live every day. The Museum happens to be located on a really good place as well which is on SH1 going from north to south. The museum stands out in this place where you only see the desert and the mountains Ruapehu, Ngaruhoe and Tongariro.

Desert Road long drive


For people who start getting on the road in Auckland, the desert road area in the centre of North Island can be quite astonishing to see. People also describe this place as a sudden nothingness as it has mud pits, Lake Taupo and three mountains. There are several such sets of landscape which start out of nowhere and are surprising to see.

Look at the landscape styles in Mordor

The Lord of the Rings series was an iconic movie and book franchise. The multitude of its’ fans will identify with Mont Ngaruhoe as it was one of the pivotal locations for filming the movie and was named Mount Doom in the movie. People often stop by and enact scenes from the movie at this spot.

Snowboarding on active volcanos

There might be times when you think not a lot of things could be done in the middle of Mordor. This is when you should look into the two ski fields at Mount Ruapehu, Whakapapa and Turoa. These spots are already equipped with essentials for rent.