Would you do this trip differently knowing what you know now? Tricia asked me on our flight leaving Auckland. I know why she was asking this question. New Zealand was not a cheap trip even during the shoulder season with an unpredictable weather.
We obviously weren’t going to waste a gorgeous day, but we were staying in Rotorua, which was two and half hours away from Tongariro by car-- and it is in the opposite direction to Auckland, where we would catch our flight home the next day. So should we still do it? Of course, you know we were doing it!