A friend and I will be travelling to Tongariro on Saturday morning and doing the walk. My friend would then like to drive back up to Auckland on the same day but I don't think this would be manageable given it takes around 4.5 hours to drive down and then another 6-8 hours to walk.
I would prefer to go down on Saturday, do the walk and then drive to Taupo to stay the night returning to Auckland on Sunday.
Would appreciate your thoughts/advice on this. Thanks in advance.