In the span of three days, three things happened:
1) I responded to my future travel-mate’s post on Facebook; we met for coffee and decided on a travel plan (and to scope each other out).
2) We set out on a roadtrip to tramp (i.e. hike) the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, located in the Tongariro National Park, the oldest in the country.
3.) We completed the crossing in 6.5 hours! (Having only hiked Bear Mountain in New York prior to this was quite the feat for me.)
- Stay over in Turangi instead of Taupo. Cheaper accommodation, less travel time and cheaper shuttle bus ($30NZD roundtrip + free beer) due to proximity to the crossing.