Pettifar & Gilchrist Loop Tracks

Time: 1-2hrs per loop  |  Fitness Level: moderate

Making use of the Old Coach Road, take a walk through this ancient native forest, with proud totara trees reaching towards the sky. Abundant with bird life, such as the Tui, Fantail, Bellbird and Kereru Wood Pigeon.


The Pettifar and Gilchrist Loop Tracks lead you down a series of terraces towards the Pohangina River. This ancient forest is flourishing with kahikatea and totara trees, with ample opportunities to snap a photo of the towering totara trees reaching to the sky.

The birdlife is abundant throughout the area so keep your eye out for birds such as the Tui, Fantail, Bellbird and Kereru Wood Pigeon. 

FACT: Both walks make use of the Old Coach Road, an original horse and cart track which ran along the Pohangina Valley.

Getting there

The track is located in the Pohangina Valley about 35 minutes drive from Palmerston North. From Ashhurst, drive north along Pohangina Road, then turn right at Raumai onto Pohangina Valley East Road. Keep your eye out for the signage leading to the walk. Map available here.


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

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