We had originally planned to complete the Tongariro Crossing–a 6-8 hour trek between the mountains in the National Park–but the bus schedule forced us to cut our stay one day short. The Tongariro National Park is
New Zealand’s only World Heritage Site (other sites include Canada’s Lake Louise, shameless Canada plug). As a substitute we decided to do one of the areas many hikes before getting on our afternoon bus to Wellington.
We settled on a two hour loop hike from Whakapapa to Taranaki Falls. It was a really awesome trail and we even got lucky enough to have a rainbow at the falls!
Really beautiful area all in all, I will definitely we back one day to do the crossing!