Best nature trips trails in Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

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Explore the most popular nature trips 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 nature trips trails in Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
Top trails (42)
#1 - Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 12.1 mi • Est. 6 h 41 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). There are sections of the hike that are considered active volcano areas, and the trail has optional side trips to Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe (famously known as 'Mt Doom' in the Lord of the Rings trilogy) as well as passing Mount Ruapehu.Show more
#2 - 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
#3 - 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
#4 - 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
#5 - 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
#6 - Rangiwahia Hut via Rangiwahia Hut Track
Ruahine Forest Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
Pass a waterfall and a wooden bridge through the bush on this track. There is a stream crossing at Mangahuia Stream Rangiwahia Hut is a serviced 12-bed bunk hut that can be booked online (through DOC website) November- April. During off-peak months, hut tickets or hut passes must be used Note: Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes onlyShow more
#7 - Mount Ngauruhoe Via Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Owhango, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 6 h 48 m
Mount Ngauruhoe is also the famous Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings. The path up to the start of the climb is beautiful and well done. It is about 3.6 miles from the parking lot to where you start climbing Doom. The ground is ash and loose rock and you need to be very aware of your footing. There are some switchbacks across the lower portion of the mountain but those are only good for coming down, not up. Stick to the boulders and rock formations that will give you the best ground to traverse both up and down. This hike is not for the faint hearted. It is an intense climb up and a very intimidating climb back down. Be smart and don’t try to move to quickly, I got to experience a couple rock slides and lots of torn clothes.Show more
#8 - Tawhai Falls Track
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 15 m
#9 - 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
#10 - 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
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