Mountain Bike & Trails
This is a fantastic ride and a must do for keen mountain bikers visiting the region.
Distance: 41km one-way
Access: EAST - Bridge Cafe, Gorge Rd, WEST - North Range Road, off Pahiatua Track
Food: Bridge Cafe and Summerhill Shopping Centre
This is a wonderful scenic ride with magnificent views of the Manawatu Gorge, Ashhurst, Woodville and Palmerston North City. You need to be reasonably fit as there is a good climb to start off with and it is a reasonable distance to ride. Starting from the East at Bridge Cafe on Ballance Gorge Road, head out of the carpark and across the road to Hall Block Road. Head up Hall Block Road on a reasonably steep climb that continues for just over 6km to reach the first of the wind turbines and it becomes North Range Road. Go through the gate and continue along the gravel road through the windfarms ensuring that you leave all gates as you found them. Once you get to the Pahiatua Track Road, turn right and descend the long downhill to Aokautere. Turn left at the intersection to take the road through Summerhill and across the Manawatu River into Palmerston North City.
You will need transport to drop you off to the start of this ride, or alternatively you can do it as an out and back ride from Palmerston North. Alternatively, park your car at the top of the Pahiatua Track and ride up North Range Rd through the windfarm and back again.
NOTE: Caution needs to be taken in rough weather conditions, so please keep an eye on the weather report before doing this ride, as the weather can be extreme at times. Layered clothing is recommended, to be prepared for all types of weather. It is not recommended that you do this ride if the wind is up. It is also not recommended that you bike through the Manawatu Gorge (SH 3), so please arrange transport to drive you out to this ride and drop you off. This is not a return ride. You start on Gorge Road and end in Palmerston North City.
Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies
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