Manawatu Gorge Track

  • 3 hr – 4 hr one way
  • Easy/medium

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

Loking down onto Ballance bridge from Manawatu Gorge track • By Jono51.
Key information
Walking time
3 hr – 4 hr
Distance
8.0km
Type
One way
One way
Grade
Easy/medium
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Ashurst or Woodville ends of the gorge.
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Ends
see above. Or if you're fit/fast, can do it return
Maps
NZTopo50-BM35
Altitude
Sea level

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.
Map
ID 307

About this track

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