New Zealand, North Island
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A Perfect Hike: Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

In the middle of the North Island of New Zealand is Tongariro National Park, a place mostly famous for being the stand-in for Mordor in the Lord of the Rings movies and for its hikes (especially the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a day-long trek). We opted for the two-hour Taranaki loop, named for the spectacular waterfall around the half-way point. We’re outdoorsy in the sense that we like to sip our rosé al fresco on nice summer days, but we both truly dug this hike and found ourselves constantly dazzled by the diverse landscapes.

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Blake, maybe five minutes in: “I feel like Cheryl Strayed!”







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