Best bird watching trails in Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Manawatu-Wanganui with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Top trails (28)
#1 - Tongariro Alpine Crossing with Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 16.6 mi • Est. 10 h 3 m
To experience what many people call the "World's Greatest Day Hike" you will need no permits, however, transportation arrangements must be made for both ends of the hike, so make sure you do some planning! You must also be mindful of shuttle pick-up times if you decide to summit Mt. Tongariro or Mt. Ngauruhoe (both cannot be done within the same day) as outlined here. There are sections of the hike that are considered active volcano areas. For the version of this hike without summiting Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe, see here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/new-zealand/manawatu-wanganui-region/tongariro-alpine-crossing Show more
#2 - Tongariro Northern Circuit
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 39.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
Located in the heart of North Island in Tongariro National Park. A volcanic park full of unique lunar landscapes, old craters, lakes and steaming hot pools. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/central-north-island/places/tongariro-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/tongariro-northern-circuit/Show more
#3 - Ruapehu Crater Lake
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 5 h 18 m
Great track. Very tough climb! Bring gloves to protect your hands from the rocks.Show more
#4 - Blue Lake via Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 12.5 mi • Est. 7 h 13 m
Take care of the loose rock when hiking on this trail. Show more
#5 - Lake Rotopounamu Loop
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
Beautiful walk! Flat with a good chance to see native birds. The small carpark is on the side of the road right in front of the track, so drive slowly otherwise you'll pass it. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/central-north-island/places/tongariro-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/rotopounamu-track/Show more
#6 - Sledge, Arapuke, Back Track
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
This loop track begins at the Kahuterawa car park at the end of Kahuterawa Road. This road is accessed from State Highway 57 (Old West Road) near Palmerston Road. The walking route begins by going up the Kahuterawa Stream for about 2.5 km. Take the swing bridge across the stream and head steeply up hill to the Arapuke Road. Follow this road to the Scott's Road car park. Then descend on the gently graded Back Track to the beginning of the walk. Note: there are several other excellent walks starting and finishing at the car park. Show more
#7 - Manawatu Gorge to Tom's Lookout Loop
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 27 m
#8 - Waitonga Falls Trail
Ohakune, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
#9 - Blue Lake and Red Crater Trail
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 13.9 mi • Est. 8 h 22 m
Enjoy the beautiful views from the top and of the lakes. Be careful of your footing on the loose rock.Show more
#10 - Mount Tongariro Loop
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 6 h 18 m
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