Best trails in Owhango, Manawatu-Wanganui

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Looking for a great trail near Owhango, Manawatu-Wanganui? AllTrails has 32 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking 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 in Tongariro National Park, we've got you covered. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 13 hard trails in Owhango ranging from 7.3 to 44.4 miles and from 1,115 to 8,681 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Owhango, Manawatu-Wanganui
Top trails (32)
#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 - Taranaki Falls Loop
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
Enjoy this hike to the spectacular Taranaki waterfall. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/central-north-island/places/tongariro-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/taranaki-falls-walking-track/Show more
#3 - 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
#4 - 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
#5 - Tama Lakes Loop
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 13.3 mi • Est. 6 h 38 m
Beautiful long walk. The last part up to the upper Tama Lake is the only challenging part (or better to say the way down) because its slippery on the loose rocks. Not as crowded as the crossing and absolutely beautiful scenery! Sun protection is advised since there is no forest after the Taranaki Falls. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/central-north-island/places/tongariro-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/tama-lakes-track/Show more
#6 - 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
#7 - 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
#8 - 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
#9 - Tawhai Falls Track
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 15 m
#10 - 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
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