Apiti Loop Ride

100% Sealed Roads

This is a stunning ride through some of the Manawatu Region's most scenic countryside.


Distance: 120km Loop
Elevation: 37m - 568m
Grade: Intermediate
Surface: 100% Sealed Roads

The Apiti Loop Ride takes your on a journey through some of the Manawatu Region's most scenic countryside. A great way to do this ride is as a multi-day ride. Plan ahead, book into some accommodation and check out some of the hidden treasures of the Region. A great way to experience the local hospitality, this ride won't disappoint. There are a few hilly sections in this ride, so it's recommended for moderate fitness levels.

For food and drink, you can stock up in Ashhurst, or visit the Cheltenham General Store on your way through. Country pubs are a speciality on this route, as well as some delightful cafes. Be sure to take your camera, as you will come across some lookout points with breathtaking views.

Along this ride, take in the stunning scenery and country side views. There is a quaint selection of accommodation options, some tucked away, nestled in secluded bush areas and some in the heart of historical towns dotted throughout the route. Make sure you pre-book all your accommodation to avoid disappointment.


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Ashhurst - Ashhurst is a colourful town offering all your basic needs and supplies, plus a great local cafe and Inn.

Colyton - One of the first settlements of Manawatu in the pioneering days, Colyton is also the home of Clocks Museum.

Almadale Scenic Reserve - This quiet riverside reserve is the perfect place for a rest, picnic and a paddle in the river.

Cheltenham - A charming rural village set amongst the agricultural plains and sweeping mountain ranges.

 Hotel - Stop in and enjoy a meal with the locals at The Cheltenham Hotel, one of NZ's best country pubs.

Kimbolton - This high altitude rural village is renowned for it's world class gardens, and quaint country charm.

Hansens Cafe & Store - Enjoy country dining with the locals, in an historic building on Kimbolton's main street.

Apiti Village - A small rural village set in natural surroundings, Apiti is known as the gateway to the Ruahine Ranges.

Pohangina Base - Campsites and bunk rooms offer a great place to base yourself on your adventure.

Springvale Gardens & Accommodation - Beautifully landscaped gardens with a strong history and story to tell.

Pilgrims Rest Tea Rooms - When the sign is out, pop in for a cool drink or devonshire tea, and meet 'chicken' the pet deer.

Totara ReserveStunning ancient forest offering walking tracks, swimming spots and campsite facilities.

County Fayre - On weekends this is humming with coffee and devonshire teas, with amazing local history adorning the walls.

Raumai Reserve - Stop in at Raumai Reserve for a swim in the river, and a relaxed picnic in natural surroundings.

Pohangina Valley Estate - A small, boutique winery producing several wine varieties, as well as Olive Oil.

Fusion Cafe - A must-do coffee stop, with a tasty menu  of local cuisine that can be enjoyed indoors or out in the garden.

Ashhurst - Offering all your basic needs and supplies, plus the local Inn offers accommodation, drinks and meals.

Palmerston North CityDiscover this diverse City, offering urban charm and diversity, plus facilities to suit all your needs.


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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