we are planning on doing the one day tongariro crossing. we are provisionally planning on leaving a car at ketahi on the afternoon and getting a shuttle to mangetepopo. Then walking to the mangetapopo hut and staying the night. (we have heard this is really nice to stay at, is this true?) then walking the rest of the trail the following day, getting a really early start ahead of most people.
I am wanting suggestions of where to stay that night. we are travelling southwards towards wellington and don't mind a short drive after finishing if there is somewhere nice to visit. I'm dreaming of some hot springs to relax in afterwards, but doubt we'll get that, but hopefully gives you an idea of what we are after!
any suggestions/changes welcome