He Ara Kotahi - Fitzherbert Ave to Linton Military Camp
Time: Varies | Distance: 7.1km | Fitness Level: low-moderate
This breathtaking riverside pathway winds alongside the Manawatu River in Palmerston North. Offering stunning views of the river and city, the pathway leads you through native bush and past farmland, pa sites and the Linton Military Camp.
He Ara Kotahi is Palmerston North’s newest riverside pathway, connecting the city with Linton Military Camp, Massey University and FoodHQ. The pathway was officially opened in June and as it winds its way along the river it provides breathtaking views of the river and city, before leading you through farmland, native bush and pa sites.
The star attraction of the walkway is the 194m long He Ara Kotahi Bridge, connecting Victoria Esplanade with the other side of the river. From the sky, the bridge looks like a fallen Karaka tree with its roots on the southern bank and its trunk spanning the waterway and its branches and canopy on the northern bank. At night, the bridge is lit up by ‘stars’ (luminous spheres) that have been sown into the bridge, and soft lighting lines the bridge, creating a feeling of the bridge floating above the river.
The pathway has four other bridges on the route out to Linton, including a suspension bridge that resembles the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
To access the pathway, there are four entrances:
- Dittmer Drive (near Victoria Esplanade)
- Fitzherbert Avenue
- Dairy Farm Road (by Massey University)
- Bells Road (Linton Army Camp)
You can choose how long you want to walk or cycle with a range of different length tracks, but remember, the track isn’t a loop and you will need to come back the way you came.
- Fitzherbert Avenue to Linton Military Camp (7.1km)
- He Ara Kotahi Bridge to Linton Military Camp (5.6km)
- Linton Military Camp to Massey University (7.4km)
- He Ara Kotahi to Massey University (1.8km)
- Fitzherbert Avenue Bridge to He Ara Kotahi Bridge Loop (3.8km)
He Ara Kotahi links up with the Manawatu River Pathway, which is a 9.8km walking and cycling pathway that follows the Manawatu River. For a longer walk, run or cycle you can combine the two pathways.
Please note this information should be used as a guide only. To help ensure your safety we advise you review our safety page and contact the individual provider for up to date information on their compliance with all Health and Safety and regulatory requirements.