Manawatu Gorge Track

Graveled, benched walking track through thick native forest near Palmerston North.

It is possible to do the return trip in one day, stopping for lunch at the cafe by Ballance Bridge.  Walking fast, times can easily be halved. Gets quite cold, as the track is in the bush. Also, gets dark quickly due to surrounding hills etc.

If you want to walk the whole thing, but can't manage it in a day: walk from Ashurst end to Windy Lookout and back, then another time from the Woodville end to Windy Lookout and back

Dogs Allowed with permit:

  • Permit free from DOC Palmerston North on Tramain Ave upon presentation of a dog registration certiicate or disc/tag. Permits are valid for Manawatu Gorge and Western Ruahine Ranges.
Grade Easy/medium
Bookings Not available (first come, first served)
Length 8.0km
One way
Time 3 hr – 4 hr
Altitude Sea level
From Ashurst or Woodville ends of the gorge.
To see above. Or if you're fit/fast, can do it return
ID 307

About this track

Added 1 June 20011 June 2001 by MatthewMatthew. 2 revisions, most recently 11 June 200911 June 2009 by madpommadpom.
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