Explore the most popular views 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.

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

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

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6 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.

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7 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.

17 days ago

Hidden Gem

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.

25 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.

29 days ago

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

4 times in one year, smashing it! great track, awesome views. Take your rubbish with you please :)

I imagine it was a beautiful hike when there is nice weather. We started the hike knowing that it was going to be windy and rainy, but we got to the top and there were 50-60kph winds and sideways rain. Everyone on the hike was soaked. Thankfully there was a hut after the halfway point to escape the incline to weather for a bit. This is a great hike though, not too difficult when there isn’t bad weather.

Incredible hike through an active volcanic area. Magnificent colours in the rocks, lakes, and splendid far reaching views. The classic volcano shape was breathtaking especially from the flat dry lakes half way up. We took 5 and a half hours to do the walk from the drop off point back to our car. Book in advance with one of the many operators

amazing hike one of these best ever

Amazing! We went with discovery lodge and so worth it! We left at 5 in the morning and we rented their wind jackets. If you didn’t bring your own wind and rain proof (no soft shell) jacket rent them here, we were so happy with them on top of the mountain! Discover is the first bus to arrive so you have to mountain to yourself. We did it it end of November. There where people on the track but not so many and not in the morning. I love hiking but I’m not the most fit person. I had a hard time climbing those stairs and was a little frightened climbing the last part because it was fairly windy but what a view! If you don’t get a good view straight ahead, hang around a little bit it can clear up quick. Totally worth it, best thing we did in New Zealand (and we did wine tastings mind you ;)

Super nice Track and we had perfekt weather. Unfurtunate to crowded for our taste.

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