Explore the most popular Walking 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.

loved it! scree slope is hard work, pays to have a walking pole and laugh if you fall on your butt.
take lots of water.
if you take a shuttle in, often the shuttle companies will keep records of whose meant to be picked up, so if you change your plans, call them so they can mark you as safe.

The discovery camp site was great with the early morning shuttle and proximity. Amazing hike.

great hike but too many people on the crossing.

This is difficult but not terrible. The weather has a huge impact on what you see. Lots of people. First part is easy, the climbs do get hard so take your time and enjoy the views. Oh and welcome to Mordor by the way. It is fun to imagine Frodo and Sam struggling through the lava fields. Last 1/2 is downhill and actually boring. Spend your time in the first half.

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7 days ago

Beautiful. Small ascent up to the top but stunning views of the valley!

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rocky
8 days ago

We really enjoyed that hiking! It’s dramatic and beautiful! Lots of people on the trail in the morning, it gets better in the after noon we did 23 kilomètres and took our time to enjoy and have lunch half way! (8hours total) Need lots of water, sun screen and a nice lunch! Also you should have hiking poles, specially early in the morning because of muddy steep trail sections. Tongariro alpine crossing should be a must do on your bucket list!

Love the steep walk...easy walk and enjoyable

6h-7h top pour cette marche. les différentes vues (parfois volcanique, parfois montagneux) sont magnifiques et valent le détour. J'ai tout simplement adorer.

6h à 8h pour une marche normale avec pause photos et dîner. Prévoir le transport pour pour se rendre à la randonnée. 40$/personne, vraiment trop chère, mais la rando vaut vraiment le coup. Top 3 de mes meilleurs hike.

MUST DO hike! incredibly beautiful. We parked in the car park and had a shuttle take us to the beginning so we could take our time...and oh boy we did! Between an inflammed tendon and bad knees we took 11hrs. The way down was brutal. But i would do it again because it wa so incredible.

The trail was beautiful. It took use 6 hours. We started at 7 am and it was a beautiful day. Definitely dress in layers and sunscreen. It was crowded but all hikers were nice and respectful. Super happy the rain stopped from the day before. Lots of up hills and down hills the best part was. The end through the rain forest. Reminded me of the big island in Hilo.

What a great hike! Very challenging and great scenery.

Pretty hard at first but after just a pleasure to see all this landscapes!

Incredible! One of the most beautiful hike we have done so far. There is everything, from Bush to rocks, sand, forest, lakes, volcanos, views, flat sections, steep sections, stairs,.... The track is very well maintained and signed.
There are many people, but don't be selfish and share this divine views with others!!!
We parked our car in Ketetahi and booked a shuttle from there. That way you can park your car as long as you want.

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21 days ago

Fantastic walk. An absolute most do if your in the area. Not too tough of a walk even though rated hard. The downhill is definitely worse than the uphill as great rather tough on the knees by the end. Do the walk the way all trails suggest otherwise you will have even more elevation. Was very busy walk but did not take away from the beautiful place. I would head out at earliest possible time. Lots of company’s doing drop and collection I used Tongariro crossing shuttles and they pick up from multiple places and have timed shuttled after the walk to allow you more or less time when doing it. It took us 8.5 hours with lots of stopping and taking photographs.

Great walk on this trail. Well marked but be warned the walk up is very steep - great for getting the heart rate up! Recommend for the gorgeous views of Horowhenua

This was a very difficult hike for this 72 year old walker. But I did make it in less than 12 hours. The hike itself is beautiful, passing through barren volcanic terrain, climbing up several volcanic ridges and up to the top of a volcano. On the other side, after a precarious descent across a scree field, you come to several beautiful lakes. Then about seven miles of descent on a long, rocky (in places), and steep (in places). This part of the hike was the hardest in many ways.

Go, though. But plan your start and ending times and make sure you have transportation arranged.

great hike! beautiful views all the way. going up is though, but the descent is hard as well. bring enough water, sunscreen and food with you. can be very cold. we had only 2 degrees at the start and icy parts at the top. so layers is a must.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Bring lots of water and sunscreen. We had great weather but the trail is exposed for the majority. Lots of diversity in the landscape and lots to look at along the way. It’s well maintained and well marked. Wear sturdy boots and bring poles is you have them - those came in handy on the descend from Red Crater. And be prepared for what seems like a never ending descend on the back end. It’s the hardest part!

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1 month ago

Trail is a freeway compared to trails in Washington state. Miles of trail mat. Which is very nice on the feet. Coming off the top you have a 350foot scree slide down the trail

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1 month ago

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

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bugs
1 month ago

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scramble
1 month 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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rocky
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snow
1 month ago

No pain no gain!

Did this Jan ‘19 and still in awe of the experience just amazing. The views and surroundings just breathtaking.

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1 month ago

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