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Most Scenic Hikes on New Zealand’s North Island

With its incredible beauty and varied landscapes, New Zealand astounds locals and visitors alike. One of its most famous features is the gorgeous mountains of the North Island, which attract thousands of outdoor hiking enthusiasts each year. However, you don’t have to be an expert hiker in order to enjoy plenty of trails on this island. And if you choose one of the many New Zealand North Island tours, you’ll have plenty of outdoor adventure options to choose from. Below is our list of a few places where you can enjoy the charm of the surroundings in the best possible ways, regardless of skill level.

  1. Putangirua Pinnacles, Wairarapa

Referred to as “The Pinnacles”, this trail wanders through hedges and takes you directly into the Putangirua Pinnacles. It’s an expansive area full of rocky stalagmites rising several meters into the air. The Pinnacles were heavily featured in The Lord of the Rings franchise, shaping the scenery for the spooky and famous Army of the Dead scenes in The Return of the King. You’ll likewise appreciate brilliant views of Palliser Bay and Lake Onoke as you overlook more beauty of the South Island.

  1. Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Ruapehu

New Zealand’s most prominent day walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing happens to be a 19.4 km adventure over a marvelous volcanic scene. You can experience brilliant turquoise cavity lakes, snow capped glades, volcanic crests, and staggering 360-degree views of the focal level in this widely-acclaimed climb. In case you’d prefer a shorter trail but with comparative scenery, then check out some less demanding routes from the adjacent Chateau Tongariro Hotel.

  1. Coromandel Coastal Walk, The Coromandel

The Coromandel Coastal Track takes you through plain farmland, winding through waterfront timberland, and offering all-encompassing views. The sheer sight of Coromandel Pinnacles, Port Charles, Cuvier Island, and the Great Barrier Island makes this panoramic sightseeing adventure. This is a trail pathway between Fletcher Bay campground and Stony Bay campground, which is why you’ll have plenty of lodging options in this area.

  1. Rangitoto Summit

In order to appreciate the breathtaking views of nature and Auckland City, then a climb to the summit of the torpid of lava island of Rangitoto is a must. This well-known summit walk starts at Rangitoto Wharf and takes you through magma fields and forests to the island’s top at 259 meters above ocean level. The walk is manageable for most skill levels, and ferries leave every 25 minutes for Rangitoto Wharf to Auckland City viaduct every day.

  1. Blue Lake Track, Rotorua

This simple strolling circle orbits Rotorua’s excellent Blue Lake, where you will take in flawless shorelines and the extraordinary conifers of Whakarewarewa Forest. This region offers you with awesome picturesque of both Blue Lake and close-by Green Lake Rotokakahi. This is an incredible choice for a simple and pleasant walk in case you’re going to Rotorua.

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