Explore the most popular Cities 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.

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rocky
5 days ago

Love this trail, well kept but with tons of people everywhere. Not very green but a very unique hike. Would do it again.

hiking
8 days ago

First part is a bit boring ...but once you climb up and break free it’s amazing. Falls are cool

hiking
9 days ago

Worth doing...good forest and river vistas

A unique experience. Never hiked in a long line of people. But totally worth it. Once you except that this is not a wilderness experience, you’ll have a memorable experience.

on Tawhai Falls Track

hiking
14 days ago

Très facile et superbe

Un gros coup de cœur pour la randonnée. Le système des navettes est un peu cher, 35$ pour partir à 6h00. Arrivée vers 13h avec pas mal de pauses.

Rando très fréquenté mais les paysages sont extraordinaires. Faite en 7h de temps avec des nombreuses pause photo et une pause déjeuné avec vue sur les volcans.

Incredible diversity of scenery

I had high expectations when I read this was one of the best day hikes in the world, and was not disappointed. To be honest the scenery is not the most stunning mountain pass, lava field, or meadow you'll ever see, but they're still top class and what makes this hike spectacular is the sheer variety of world class scenery you encounter in a relatively short 12 miles. You'll thank yourself for wearing solid hiking boots during the scree field decent in the middle. Also, if you can try to avoid the Saturday morning crowds.

backpacking
19 days ago

Did this in 3 full days: Day 1 Whakapana to Tama Lakes to Okurere (16.5 mi), Day 2 left the tent + gear at Oturere and did the Ketetahi spur (19 mi), and Day 3 did the Alpine Pass Okurere back to Whakapana (13 mi). When you start out, don't be discouraged by the manicured stairs / boardwalks the first few miles -- the rest of the hike gets plenty more challenging with scree fields, mud ditches, and lava flows that await you :) The individual landscapes you'll encounter -- alpine meadows, mountain lakes, and lava flows -- won't be the most beautiful you've ever encountered, but they're still top tier and what makes the hike so spectacular is how they're all right next to each other. It's really like having North Cascades, Rocky Mountains, and Haleakala all in one hike. You'll also enjoy different perspectives of Mount Ngauruhoe, the huge cone volcano you circle most of the hike ranging from glowing gold in the sunrise to towering over the clouds when they appear. If you can, try to plan your loop so your Alpine Crossing day is not on a Saturday/Sunday/Holiday -- this way you can avoid the biggest swarms of day hikers. If you do the route counterclockwise, you'll be going against the swarm, but your exposure will be short (only about 1.5-2 hours for me). If you go clockwise, you'll be going with the swarm but you'll rolling with them all day, and there are a number of bottlenecks to contend with. For side trips, I thought Tama Lakes were certainly worth the detour. Instead of turning back at the Upper Lake, you can follow the social trails and do a full loop around the lakes along the rim of the calderas (the path is actually on the Alltrails map). It's not too technical and I found the added challenge, solitude, and views very enjoyable. Only note is you'll have to do some minor bushwhacking the last 5 minutes to get back to the main trail. For the Ketetahi spur, you only need to go about halfway down to get a good feel for the meadows and hot spring. The bottom third is a forest and unless you're a Polynesian fern enthusiast, is not particularly noteworthy. Important detail: the Ketetahi spur is NOT a loop like the Alltrails map shows. What the route shows as the return leg has been closed for several years due to volcanic activity and is not maintained. If you go this return route you'll pass within 10 feet of active fumeroles and at one point have to jump across 2 ledges where the old bridge has fallen -- really not safe and better to return the same way you came. Long post but hope there's some useful info in it for your trip planning. Happy hiking!

hiking
rocky
19 days ago

Amazing trail very challenging!! Important to have enough water food and good clothes! This trek is not for amateurs(which you can see them all the way)

hiking
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rocky
21 days ago

Very fun trail. We finished in just under 6 hours with lots of stops for food and pictures. We paid for the shuttle. Definitely recommend that.

Trail is mostly an easy-moderate. The only slightly more challenging part is the northern decent from red crater to the emerald lakes. You must wear proper hiking shoes for this section alone. Don’t be one of the idiots that wears sneakers, you risk destroying your ankles. Unfortunately it is a heavily trafficked walk but if your not to fused walking at a leisure pace in a group then just enjoy the sights. And look after your buddies and stay together! we came across a lady who had been abandoned by her party collapsed and had to be airlifted out. Not cool.

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rocky
23 days ago

Such an amazing hike. Highly recommended. Did it March 2020, shuttle was $35, took me about 7hours but that's with lots of rest and photo stops. Started at 7am so got to watch the sunrise. Lots and lots of people so if you don't like crowds you may find it frustrating at times, but depending on pace you can possibly get ahead of the crowd.

A little bit crowd, while the volcano is healthful.

I would recommend this trail to everyone with a medium level of fitness or more. It wasn’t very difficult but it required some effort. We did it with 10m/o son on the backpack plus grandma and ir was ok. Just a bit hot.

hiking
no shade
29 days ago

Did that hike on a perfect sunny and chilly day. Take a wonderful hike, tell everyone it’s one of the best around the world and then you are having a not anymore such a wonderful hike. ... too many people!!! Views are amazing all way up. On the descending side it is still beautiful but less unique. This trail lose one star because the descent from km10 to 16 is a long boardwalk in black plastic which is very annoying. You don’t really feel you are hiking but mostly walking in a big family park. And of course the thousands people on the trail are also too much. Still a great and easy walk!

Great Trail, but we had a shitty day, so we didn’t had any views, I will probably do it again.

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muddy
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Overhyped!! It’s moderately technical, but there are literal stairs in some parts and it is exceptionally over-trafficked. If you’ve never done a mountain pass before it’s interesting, but compared with mountain passes in other places, it’s nothing to write home about. We went the typical south to north. The views were exceedingly average until you got over the pass. If I were to do it over I’d go from north to south and stop once I got a satisfying view of the lake.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
scramble
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