Take to the tracks and let the magic of Manawatū captivate you! From overnight hikes to daytime walks, our top tracks are not to be missed.
Like links in a chain, the Manawatu River Pathway and He Ara Kotahi Pathway connect Palmerston North city, joining suburbs, Massey University, forestry, farmland, and parks. Offering stunning views of the river and city, the pathway leads you through native bush and past farmland, pa sites and the Linton Military Camp.The striking He Ara Kotahi bridge is named the “pathway that brings people together”. At night, the bridge is lit up by ‘stars (luminous spheres) that have been sown into the bridge, and soft lighting lines the way.
A must-do walk is Te Āpiti - Manawatū Gorge Track. The track takes you 11km one-way, elevated along the full length of the river and gorge. Covered in ancient bush and home to a variety of wildlife, Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge is steeped in legend and cultural wealth.
For a shorter option try the Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge Tawa Loop where you’ll come face-to-face with the sculpture of Whātonga, an ancient warrior who stands guard over the forest.
If you’re seeking waterfalls, swing bridges and swimming holes, head to the Sledge Track. Experienced trampers can head to the top, passing a number of old mine shafts and into some of the region's most spectacular scenery.