New Zealand Locations Guide
Short guides of what I liked and did not like about the many New Zealand locations that I visited. I said short guides so don't expect insider's tips and local's advices, just my honest opinion on each place that I visted in this amazing country. For thorough guides on almost every New Zealand areas, towns, national parks and much much more, go check out Backpackerguide.NZ
Tongariro Crossing - North Island
This is the one I had been waiting for; the opportunity to climb Mt Doom! This 7.5 hour trek over volcano country was a challenging but rewarding experience, from the dropping The One Ring into Mt Ngauruhoe to seeing the brilliant Emerald Lake. Sharing the experience with a couple of backpackers I met in my National Park Village hostel made the climb easier, as we could motivate each other to keep putting one leg in front of the other. The hike is definitely worth it to see the result of recent (and current) volcanic activity. One more thing, if you are doing it in winter, as we did, you should hire crampons and an ice axe, especially if climbing Mt Ngauruhoe.