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Bledisloe to Old West Road

Time: 1.5 hrs | Distance: 3.9km one-way | Fitness Level: moderate

City walk: This one-way walk takes you through a variety of landscapes with native bush, pine forest, farmland and stunning views, and has links through to the Massey Arboretum.


The Bledisloe Park walk is undulating with moderate to steep climbs, and is mostly gravel with some steps. Passing the Turitea Stream, the track emerges into open space and a playground at the Atawhai Road access point, where you can then opt to finish your walk onto Old West Road, or continue on under the bridge, into the nearby Turitea Walkway. 

Bledisloe Park is a unique part of this walk, and is home to the Massey Arboretum, an oasis of calm with rare, exotic trees of all shapes and sizes, an historical landmark of sorts for the university campus, and the city. The Turitea Stream babbles through the grounds and birds chirp constantly creating a relaxing soundtrack. The stream is known for both trout and lamprey, and as it flows through the park it banks up to create a few neat swimming holes. Sit in the Gazebo and enjoy the bird song for your soundtrack.

Note: There are no toilet facilities available on this walk.

Physical Address

Various access points include:
Old West Road
La Lena Grove
Massey University Avenue
Tennent Drive

Contact us

Palmerston North City i-SITE:
[email protected]
+64 6 350 1922
0800 MANAWATU (626 292)

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.