Time: 5-6 hrs | Distance: 10.9km return | Fitness Level: low-high
Scenic walk with stunning waterfalls, swimming holes and rock formations along the way.
Starting off as a nice, easy walk ideal for children and families, the Sledge Track offers a great escape into the wild without travelling too far. Walking the track you will see waterfalls and swimming holes, as well as stunning rock formations in the river and scenic picnic spots. After the first 30 minutes or so, just past the Argyle Rocks, the track gradually steepens and is better suited to experienced walkers. For competent trampers, heading right up to the Elevation (1.5 hours in) and onto the Platinum Mines (3 hours in) past a number of old mineshafts makes for a satisfying trek into some of the regions most spectacular scenery.
A new 22 metre swing bridge, added in 2017, has created a loop track. Found approximately 2.5km into the walk, the wing bridge takes you over the gully and into Arapuke Park, a Mountain Bike park. From here, you can return via Checkpoint Charlie Track and Pupurahi, or via the longer 7km route of Arapuke Road and Back Track. Both of these are shared tracks, so please be mindful and giveaway to mountain bikers who can travel at speed.
Location: The track is accessed from the car park at the end of Kahuterawa Road (GRAVEL ROAD), which runs off Old West Road in Palmerston North. From the car park, take the left hand side of walk; the right hand side (over the river) is for Mountain Bikers only.
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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