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Best trails in Tongariro National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Tongariro National Park, Manawatu-Wanganui? AllTrails has 27 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. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 11 hard trails in Tongariro National Park ranging from 7.3 to 44.4 miles and from 2,467 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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Tongariro National Park is a legendary National Park. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage area and a place of great significance to Māori. This area is famous for its volcanic activity. Enjoy the tracks as you explore the park.

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#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
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(89)
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
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(24)
Length: 12.5 mi • Est. 7 h 13 m
Take care of the loose rock when hiking on this trail. Show more
#8 - 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.nShow more
#9 - Tawhai Falls Track
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 15 m
Tawhai Falls Track is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Owhango, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is priShow more
#10 - Blue Lake and Red Crater Trail
Tongariro National Park
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Length: 13.9 mi • Est. 8 h 22 m
Enjoy the beautiful views from the top and of the lakes. Be careful of your footing on the loose rock.Show more
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