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Probably the best day hike anywhere in the world. Volcanoes, lakes, a variety of topography. The only downside is it's very popular and you might get a bit held up on the steep parts.

Amazing hike! When I hiked it with my family we had the best conditions possible. The sun was out, no clouds, no rain, and little wind. Couldn't have asked for better conditions. Definitely worth the climb for the views!

I hiked this trail in May.

hiking
1 month ago

Very cool if you're into volcanic geology. It is a bit long and dull in spots, but absolutely worthwhile.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike in mid-January as part of a g adventures north island tour (highly recommend if you don't need frills and want to travel with a diverse group of people of all ages from all over the world; no single supplement to boot). This became one of my favorite hikes in the world (so much variety!). It will become yours too, especially if you're a Lord of the Rings fan (I can't tell you how many times I heard, "Behold! Mt. Doom!"). Prepare for all weather/temperatures, including severe winds on the first climb. The pools are a nice spot to rest, gape in awe, and take in some lunch. The switchbacks on the back half of the hike seem to go on FOREVER (although the views are magnificent), but finally end in a beautiful forest that seems to heal you from any previous exhaustion. Loved this hike!

Great trail with nice landscapes!

This hike should be on everyone's bucket list! Definitely need sturdy shoes and lots of water. Wear lots of layers during fall. We booked a ride from the finish to the start of the trail so we could get our car and travel at our own pace. Took us 7 hours, very hard! Our step counter said we climbed 182 floors! Definitely need to be in good shape. Incredibly beautiful!

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

70% of the trail was pretty flat. The view was fantastic. A bit boring on the way back.

easy hike and amazing view.

Absolutely beautiful! But you must be prepared for the weather. We didn't get the trail on the best day, Easter weekend. Visibility was super low. I wish we could have gone on a better day and top of the mountain was more than rough to pass due to the wind conditions and hail. Be prepared for that with gloves and heavy rain gear. It took us about 7 hours without the two summits, just lots of pictures.

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice loop with kids. Loved the vegetation changes from forest to grasslands along the way. Can get a bit crowded if the weather sends folks away from the Tongariro crossing, we ran into about 10 people at the falls themselves. I think if you start with the upper loop, you can get nice views of Mts Tongariro and Ngauruhoe without having to turn around.

Amazing trail. Beautiful landscapes from Mars like terrain to green moss forests. Highly reccomend and in a tent is better than the cabin personally.

walking
4 months ago

Very enjoyable walk but return to village is via Bruce Rd, which as little or no walking verge.

What an experience! Pretty tough, very beautiful.

Beautiful hike- pictures don't do it any justice. Definitely a steep climb at the beginning and the downhill is rough on your feet at the end, but it was stunning. We went at a pretty leisurely pace and finished in 7 hours (without doing either of the summits). Would highly recommend! We got lucky with weather and it was chilly/windy at the top, but definitely manageable.