Tongariro River Trail
Tongariro River Trail
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Superwoman888
Auckland Central, New Zealand328 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
This walk can be done in a loop, we started at access point Taupahi Reserve and headed right, keeping the river on our left hand side. It is a open gentle walk beside the river, till the track peels away and follows (too close to) SHI past the Tongariro Trout Centre and into bush. We crossed the river to the other side at Red Hut Bridge. Views of the river and keen fishermen in the river.

This first leg took 2 hours.

The return leg, with the river again on our left, was mainly past grazing cattle and pasture, with small stretches through bush. Not very interesting. We crossed back over the river at Major Jones bridge.

The whole walk took roughly 4 hours, with breaks.

There were a few trail bikes sharing the track.

It is a popular activity with more walkers on the path closer to the town centre.
Written 15 January 2021
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B1192KLjills
Papamoa, New Zealand49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If you are new to cycle trails then this is interesting riding. It is a narrow track in places with root sacross the path and steps to push your bike up/down. I mention all this because I have a pedal assist e bike and found pushing hard work!
Written 15 February 2020
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Gregory D
New Lambton1,026 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My wife and I are experienced cyclists, having ridden many multiple day and km cycle trips in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. However, these have been on cycle ways or rail trails, so this mountain bike experience was slightly challenging for us, at 69 and 67 but thoroughly enjoyable. Most of the track was through lovely bush, but very narrow in parts, with trees right next to the track and lots of short but steep uphills with little warning or a chance to gear down, so lots of pushing uphill. The last downhill section, into Turangi, is very eroded,with hairpin bends, so would have been dangerous to actually ride down. Great views of the Tongariro river. I agree that you have to concentrate on most of the trail- very few straight sections on the southern side of the river. Certainly would recommend for experienced mountain bikers. But we loved the challenge and greatly enjoyed the experience.
Written 23 January 2020
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Dairne
Beijing23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
This is a great ride, easy for the most part. There is a steep section near the main road bridge with sharp turns that can be a bit tricky to get up and around, especially for older/inexperienced riders. Lots of variety near the river, bush sections, some boardwalks and nice downhill sections.
Written 14 March 2023
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Pack4NZ
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
Lovely trail for Mountain Biking. If you start from town and head up the mountain at Tongariro Road on the East side of Hwy1 you’ll have easy grades for the rest of the way. Completed about 15K with our 7 and 11yo and we all enjoyed it. Bring a snack to enjoy at the Red Hut Bridge before looping back.
Written 31 December 2021
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AliSin01
Lower Hutt, New Zealand33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Did the short loop from our Motel down to the foot bridge and back up the other side. Great views from the high point just before the end at the road bridge. Need to step off main track to go down to the actual river but there’s plenty of chances to do that
Written 17 March 2021
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montjeu8
London, UK15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Poison bait should not be dropped around trails used by tourists. We were advised of a 1080 aerial drop while walking our dog through the treated area, right at about halfway round the loop. At the end of the walk we found out from locals that a fellow visitor's dog had been poisoned and died the day before. There were some signs there, but not enough done to warn visitors and we won't be back.
Written 18 July 2021
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Ida L
Uppsala, Sweden541 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Did the shorter loop one afternoon and enjoyed the walk, the river and the birds singing. The shorter loop is around 1h, and the longer around 3.
Written 30 January 2020
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reecehomes
Rogers, AR2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
We really wanted to fish in the river, but the weather was not being accommodating, and we didn't bring full size waders with us, so we decided to hike the trail. We entered the trail just north of the bridge, and climbed a moderately steep trail for about 20 minutes. The views from the first part of the trail are beautiful, and look over Turangi and the river valley. At points where the trail ascended, we encountered LOADS of blackberry bushes just filled with ripe berries, and gorged ourselves on them. The trail at this point is surrounded by steep hedges of vines, ferns and berry bushes (no views from here). As the trail levels out, there are multiple access points to the river, where you can possibly find a private place to fly fish. (the river was too high for us to do this, though). We encountered probably 5 or 6 of these off-shoots of the main trail. Also, we came upon a gathering of the rare blue ducks that NZ is actively protecting. As the traill became flat, we notice a number of live traps (all empty) and wondered what they were trapping. Later on our trip, a local said that they were trapping rats, that have threatened and decimated the blue duck populations, and other native birds and mammals. For the first hour you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, and since this was a rainy day, we didn't encounter any other trekkers until we reached the Major Jones Bridge (a really cool swinging bridge). We saw a group of rafters heading under the bridge, and decided to head across to see what the trail looked like on the other side. If we had continued straight, in another couple of hours we would have reached the Red Hut Bridge, and run into the Tongariro National Trout Center. We were pretty drenched by this time, and chose to cross and check out the other side. Amusing to us, we entered into the parking lot of Tahawai Street (part of Turangi township), and a very developed suburban neighborhood. The trail still follows the river back to the highway, but it is bordered by neighborhoods all of the way. There are many river access points along the way, and you could just drive to Tahawai Street parking lot if your main objective is to find a nice fishing spot. You can easily access fishing below the swinging bridge at this point. The total trip only took us 2 hours, with a few side trips down to the river. Also, there are many, many beautiful houses along the trail back to the highway which are available for hire, for those who want an intimate trout experience with the beautiful Tongariro River. I hope you have better whether than we had, and that you find one of the big boys that we had to leave for you.
Written 16 May 2017
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Dani
44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Beautiful scenery. Hired a mountain bike from cpc Turangi (fantastic) and cycled the river. The swing bridge was really cool and the view of the river was amazing. Easy track to cycle and walk, good fun. I personally think mountain biking it was way better than it would have been walking it. Would do this again.
Written 8 December 2019
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