Explore the most popular Walking trails in Tongariro National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Tawhai Falls Track

hiking
1 day ago

Nice short walk, some steps down to falls where there a rocks and a small beach area. High water volumes on this visit as very wet.

Fantastic if you love a good fight! I went in fog and light rain in May, but it was still doable in 5,5hours with one 20min break

Beautiful walk! Quite easy and 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

Best hike ever!

hiking
3 days ago

Nice hike with limited elevation gain, especially if doing the upper loop (entrance right by parking lot). We completed it with our four year-old in almost exactly two hours.

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muddy
off trail
snow
washed out
4 days ago

A great waterfall walk that can easily be done under 2 hours! Start your walk on the entrance to the left, just before the car park

hiking
5 days ago

Short and sweet, great for kids.

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muddy
scramble
6 days ago

We completed this walk in the winter. we found its rating of moderate accurate. There is a fair bit of step work, but you're rewarded with tranquil views of a water fall and a break taking kiwi landscape. Not suitable for children aged 11 or under.

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rocky
11 days ago

Best experience I had in New Zealand. Tough, but doable!

hiking
15 days ago

Did this hike in winter (July 6) and it was pretty great! Small dusting of snow brings out some interesting scenery. Started with the lower trail and then did the upper on the way back. Brings you through some lush green mossy scenery and then projects you out into the more open rock face with great views of the big snow capped mountains.

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no shade
rocky
29 days ago

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muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
29 days ago

Amazing day hike. I just did an out and back from the Mangatepopo parking lot to the blue lake. Solid hike, but then I decided to also hike up Mount Doom. That was hard and I thought about turning back a couple times, but made it up for some fantastic views.

Nice trail even in the mist/rain. The waterfall is beautiful. Recommend starting at the north to avoid going up the steps as they are very steep.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail for a beautiful waterfall view. Also, Gollum’s pool.

hiking
1 month ago

Again, overcast. Nice, calm trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Great to do with Maori guide. Great mineral deposits in the rivers. Unfortunately, too cloudy to see the mountains.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful short hike to a waterfall with beautiful backdrop of volcanoes. What more can you ask for. Easy hike to do in a short period of time.

One of the toughest and most memorable day hikes I have ever done. I don't do overnike thru hikes so this was perfect for me. Started in reverse it seemed from north end to the west end as most people were walking the opposite direction. It's exhausting much of the way to the crater lakes but the killer part was the steep gravel "stairway" to the actual highest point of the crossing. The views are killer amazing though. Didn't arrange for transport but hitched a ride with some friendly chinese folks with a van. So lucky. Highly recommended hike :D (Hiked in October 2017. Climate was cool and happened to have a nice clear sky day)

What a great walk, we had all temperatures, from T-shirt to hoodie and jacket. Really a nice and impressive hike

Easy to follow trail, gorgeous views, informative signposts about the trees and so many beautiful birds! A lovely stroll.

Stunning hike! This was the highlight of our three week trip to NZ. The downhill sections ends up being the most challenging as it is unrelenting but the incredible views more than make up for the effort. I can't recommend this hike enough! Good to keep in mind that the bathrooms at the top of the hike are removed in the winter months so make sure you use the last outpost at Devil's staircase.

Legendary view! Make sure you pick a sunny/cloudy day with no strong winds.

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