Trying to find the best Manawatu-Wanganui trails? AllTrails has 42 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Papakai, Whakapapa Village or Owhango, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 22 moderate trails in Manawatu-Wanganui ranging from 2.4 to 72.2 miles and from 196 to 6,036 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!


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Excellent hike. The weather held and I had nothing but sunshine compared to the people who had sleet and rain the previous day. The track is very easy to follow and stay on. This could be done in the evening with a headlamp as well. Guardian of the citadel indeed.

great hike did it in about 6 hours a ok hiker from Colorado great views and awesome time

2 days ago

Epic! To the guy who was jogging up and down past me on this beastly volcano, you are INSANE! Haha

no shade
5 days ago

Not for faint of heart! But SOOO worth it! Hike through many varying landscapes. We thought “Mt Doom” was cool... BUT best yet to come! Bring layers.. windy, sunny, cool, windy... hike up up up... down... up up....BE PREPARED mentally and physically! Bring 2l water.
Careful onthe descent to lakes; lots of wipeouts. Its NOT easy! Great day had by all despite “jello” legs at end of day.

no shade
6 days ago

No pain no gain!

Did this Jan ‘19 and still in awe of the experience just amazing. The views and surroundings just breathtaking.

over grown
12 days ago

17 days ago

Hidden Gem

Superbe rando avec le volcan Ngauruhoe en point de mire.Des paysages grandioses,un sentier très bien aménagé jusqu'au Lower lake la montée vers upper lake est raide et escarpée mais la vue au sommet vaut l'effort.

An awesome hike, with some of the most beautiful views the North Island has to offer. If you have time, make a detour and scramble up the side of Mount Doom an extra 5km or 90 minutes). Pretty satisfying to climb an active volcano, and obtain some of the best views around.

Note though that the trail is packed with people and not my idea of ‘getting out into nature’. Hence, only the 4 star rating.

Beautiful landscapes and waterfall.

24 days ago

Could have been the most beautiful track in NZ and maybe it was few years back when there wasn't proper highway crowded with people walking literally in a queue, some of them playing loud music from teir backpeckers. The lakes in surrunding of people, it spoils the experience quite a lot for me...
The last 8km is quite long if i had new that i would probably didn't pay $35 for shuttle and just go to the lakes and back. (The price is quite unbelivable for such schuttle, i could go 500km by train for this price in Europe:-D
Anyhow i was happy i saw the Mordor.

very nice even in rain and foggy weather

29 days ago

Very easy and nice hike! We took the upper loop, so not much going up in this direction. Very beautiful waterfall!

One of the most amazing hikes I have ever done! Incredible views all along the way. The lakes are very beautiful! Took my time to stop for eating some snacks and take a lot of pictures and it was about 6-7h hiking. Highly recommend it!

Amazing! Tough for the first hard and descent was a little tricky.

Falls was a little dry, but majestic views of Mt Ruapehu.

Amazing!! No other words describe it. Such a unique hike!! We stayed at the Discovery Lodge and took the 4:50am shuttle and it was worth it! We got ahead of everyone on the trail and had it all to ourselves! Our shuttle driver warned us that there could be “gale force winds” and to turn back if it was too risky. The winds were ridiculous, but we were up for the challenge! At times we were getting pelted with pebbles! Our wind/rain jackets performed so well! Make sure to wear a good one (with a hood is a must). Took us ~5 hours to hike 12.6 miles. You must do this hike!!!!

Very nice views, but strong wind.

Loved this hike, to avoid crowds try and start as early as possible

One of the most beautiful hikes of my life! Highly recommended!

Beautiful! As if you're on Mars. Reminded me of Haleakala in Hawaii. Definitely recommend having a bus drop you off on the first bus. We used Discovery Lodge and left with them at 4:50am. Early, but worth beating the many crowds that come later.

completely stunning and amazing view, but the last sections down to the river is hard work but worth it worth it when you see the views.

Awesome great alpine level walk with spectacular lakes and scenery.

Good boots are needed, as there is alot of loose rock. There are no track markers after leaving the Tongariro crossing track, take your time and keep a close eye on the weather. Beath taking views from the top

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