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Slip on your shoes, it's walk-o-rama. Vivid colour like a Psychedelic cruise.

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Driving towards Mt Ngauruhoe

Amazing landscapes and incredible scenery.

Tongariro National Park

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Tongariro National Park

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Start your journey through New Zealand's stunning landscapes at a Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centre. Information about conservation areas, as well as DOC's 14,000 km of tracks, 9 Great Walks, and network of 950 huts and 324 campsites.

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When driving to the Central North, the route through the King Country (Te Awamutu, Te Kuiti, and Taumaranui) is a nice alternative to SH1. Nice scenery.

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At the top of the chairlift - Knoll Ridge Cafe.

Ride in summer to 2000m up Mt Ruapehu and experience New Zealand largest active volcano up close.

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Central North island has excellent mountain biking tracks: Craters of the Moon in Taupo, 42nd Traverse, Fishers Track, Old Coach Road, Mangapurua Valley just to name a few. Check with locals about the conditions of the tracks, in the winter some tracks are unrideable and with the pumice in the soil, you will ruin your brakes! Check weather and be prepared, a lot of these places have limited cell phone coverage and can be in very rural areas so you need to be self sufficient. Definitely bring a head light; it has often come to good use.