Other notable day hikes include the aptly named Lake Surprise and Tama Lakes. Shorter walks abound – especially from Whakapapa Village(opens in new window) and Ohakune(opens in new window) – taking in must-sees including Taranaki Falls, Tawhai Falls, Waitonga Falls, Silica Rapids, Mangawhero Forest and Ohakune’s Old Coach Road.
Multi-day trips include the 3–4-day Tongariro Northern Circuit (one of New Zealand's Great Walks) and the 4–6-day Round the Mountain Track, both of which showcase the full spectrum of Tongariro National Park’s scenery.
While canoe trips are a popular way to explore Whanganui National Park, the Mangapurua and Bridge to Nowhere Tracks offer a chance to discover its hidden valleys and rich history on foot.
An awesome two-day hike with lodge accommodation midway, the Timber Trail takes in the incredible sights and stories of Pureora Forest near Taumarunui.
Local tour operators offer a range of all-seasons guided trips, allowing you to learn more about these amazing landscapes, with transport and other logistics made easy.