04. Tongariro National Park, North Island
Tongariro National Park is the center of North Island. It is home to New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupo. This national park has the distinct feature that it is a dual World Heritage Site due to its spectacular volcanic features and importance to Maori Culture. One of the oldest national park in the world, it is the land where dramatic beauty meets the volcanoes, turquoise lakes, alpine meadows and hot springs. This place also has the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which is the most popular day walks in the country.