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Best trails in Manawatu-Wanganui

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Trying to find the best Manawatu-Wanganui trails? AllTrails has 58 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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 around Owhango, Ohakune or Palmerston North, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 22 moderate trails in Manawatu-Wanganui ranging from 2.4 to 91.6 miles and from 196 to 5,534 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 Manawatu-Wanganui
Top trails (58)
#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 planShow 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-fallShow 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 planShow 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-recreatiShow 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 abShow 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 Show more
#9 - 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 DOCShow more
#10 - 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 Show more
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