Tongariro River Trail

Explore the Tongariro River Trail in Turangi, offering gentle riverside rides and stunning native bush. Cross a scenic swing bridge and stop at the Tongariro National Trout Centre for a picnic and learning experience, surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. Perfect for the whole family.

Explore the Tongariro River Trail in Turangi, offering gentle riverside rides and stunning native bush. Cross a scenic swing bridge and stop at the Tongariro National Trout Centre for a picnic and learning experience, surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. Perfect for the whole family.

Trail Stats and Map

  • Distance
    15 Km*
  • Time
    2 hrs Cycling | 3 hrs Walking
  • Ability
    Grade 2 | Easy
  • Trail Type
    Forrest | Pumice | River | Shared use

Elevation

The Tongariro River Trail features a mostly flat terrain with a gentle ascent leading to the Tongariro River Lookout, offering an easy and accessible ride with minimal climbs and scenic descents, perfect for riders of all skill levels seeking a tranquil outdoor experience.

Elevation

Elevation | 185m

Climb | 4.9km

Descent | 4.7km

Flat |4.3km


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Riding the Tongariro River Trail

The Tongariro River Trail in Turangi is a scenic loop ride perfect for families and beginners. This easy, Grade 2 trail winds along the serene Tongariro River, through farmland and native bush, leading to a spectacular lookout. The relatively flat path has a gentle ascent, offering stunning vistas of the river and the towering mountains of Tongariro National Park. A highlight of the trail is crossing the charming swing bridge, adding a fun element to the journey.

Stop by the Tongariro National Trout Centre during your journey. This spot is ideal for a leisurely picnic, and you can also learn about the river's famous trout fishery. The centre is a great way to connect with the area's rich environmental and cultural heritage.

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