Looking for a great trail in Tongariro National Park, Manawatu-Wanganui? AllTrails has 22 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. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Tongariro National Park ranging from 3.6 to 39.2 miles and from 2,467 to 6,036 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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17 hours ago

Short and sweet, great for kids.

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muddy
scramble
1 day 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
6 days ago

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

hiking
10 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
24 days ago

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muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
24 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.

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1 month ago

Again, overcast. Nice, calm trail!

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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

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muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

A great loop trail that follows the river and beautiful up close view of the waterfall. Recommend starting at the entrance to the left of the road rather than the other entrance by the end of the car park.

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

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

Beautiful and challenging

The trail starts and ends in a relatively boring fashion. But that is made up for it by the middle section, where the views are spectacular. The only remotely challenging section on the trail on a clear day is the downhill after red crater, towards the lakes. The rest is exceptionally easy, including the uphill sections. They are short and not as steep as the hike profiles suggest. The downhill gradient after emerald lake is not steep or challenging enough in terms of terrain, to necessitate the need for poles. On a clear day, easily doable in 3.5 hours without many breaks or stops for photos.

Great day and a great hike. Beautiful 360 degree views. We parked at the Ketetahi end and took a shuttle to the Mangatepopo side. It was a calm clear day and the views were amazing. There was a little bit of mud and ice at the higher elevations. Highly recommend as a must do if in New Zealand.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views we did the upper section of walk first which I highly recommend then you get to go down stairs instead of walking up well looked after track we did this walk in the rain as we were unable to do the tongario crossing the photo taken is on this walk with mount Ngauruhoe in background very child friendly too

The weather was so good that day and the sky is clear so that you can see all the mountains. The crossing is long and the descent is the hardest part, but the track is in a very good condition!

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2 months ago

Great little walk, more of a leg stretch than a hike but a beautiful spot.

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muddy
washed out
2 months ago

This is a truly spectacular trail that takes you through an amazing variety of landscapes and scenery. Forests, rolling hills, steep mountains, desolate lava rocks, stunning lakes, majestic waterfalls. You name it, this trail likely has it. I did the trail in about 3 days, staying the first night at Oturere Campsite and the second night at Mangatepopo Campsite. I think going anti-clockwise was definitely the way to go. I stayed at the Skotel Tongariro the nights before and after the hike. I will say, though, that it should probably be marked “Difficult” instead of “Moderate.” I’ve done many of AllTrails’ difficult hikes, and this was by far the most challenging trail I’ve done. If I were to do it all again, I think I would have done it in 4 days instead of 3. I took some online advice to go straight from Whakapapa to Oturere, skipping the first hit and campsite. While not skipping the first hut would have made for a short day 2, skipping it made for a VERY long day 1, and I was quite ready for a break by the time I got to that first hut. I also MIGHT consider skipping the stretch between Mangatepopo and Whakapapa and just catching a shuttle from the Tongariro Crossing trailhead back to Whakapapa. That stretch of trail was by far the least scenic, and was amazingly unkept. You are literally walking through 1 meter deep trenches for large chunks of it.

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