Manawatu River Pathway

Time: varies  |  Distance: 11km  |  Fitness Level: low

Take a leisurely ride along the Manawatu River and experience the ever-changing views that it offers.


Distance: 10km (end to end)
Elevation: 26m - 38m
Grade: Easy
Surface: 70% sealed, 30% compacted limestone

This ride is a perfect family or beginners ride, as it is all flat to mildly contoured, with some limestone sections, as well as wide cement paths.  There are many access points to this trail, which runs for over 9kms between Maxwells Line in the West to Riverside Drive in the East. A new 3km section has been added between Ashhurst and Raukawa Road, with plans to link this to the existing path over the next two years, making over 22km of scenic tracks to explore alongside the river. 

When biking or walking the Manawatu River Pathway, take the chance to pop into the Victoria Esplanade which runs alongside the middle section of the Manawatu River Pathway. With rose gardens, bird aviaries, BBQ facilities, playgrounds, miniature train rides and duck ponds, there really is something for everyone, Public toilets are also available here. For a relaxing break, visit the Cafe Esplanade for a fantastic selection of cabinet food and menu food all made fresh at the cafe. Grab an ice cream or refuel with an organic coffee.


Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

For more information visit Adventure Smart