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The scenic divide between the Tararua and Ruahine Ranges that border the Manawatu Region, Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge is a magnificent geographical structure formed over thousands of years by the Manawatu River. It is the only place in New Zealand where a river begins its journey on the opposite side of the main divide to where it joins the sea.
Come face to face with the sculpture of Whatonga, the ancient Maori Warrior who has been immortalised in a 6m tall sculpture along one of the many walking tracks.
Discover lush green forest on the southern side of the Gorge, walking over bridged streams and under a dense tree top canopy.
Manawatu Gorge Track
11.2km, 3-5 hours one way
Manawatu Gorge Tawa Loop
4km, 1-2 hours
Manawatu Gorge Loop Walk
1.5km – 30 mins
Te Apiti – Manawatu is home to two popular mountain bike trails.
Reserves at both ends of the Gorge offer camping and safe swimming spots.
The Woodville Ferry Reserve at Ballance Bridge offers easy access and freedom camping. Cool off in the warm weather, or pack a picnic and soak up the surroundings.
Experience the magnificence of Te Apiti on horseback with Timeless Horse Treks.
From short treks across farmland and through streams and rivers, to multi-day treks staying overnight in quaint huts and cosy campsites.
At the eastern side of the Gorge, you’ll find the quirky Bridge Cafe serving local cuisine, tasty coffee and mouth-watering milkshakes. In Ashhurst, the local Ashhurst Inn serves up hearty cuisine with a German twist, while Fusion Cafe is renowned for their garden seating. In the Ashhurst Domain, the Wetlands Cafe offers great coffee and home-made cooking in a relaxed, tranquil setting.
Ashhurst Domain Campground provides an ideal base for families with playgrounds, onsite facilities and more.
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