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Branch Road Walkway

Time: 1.5 hr one-way | Distance: 6km | Fitness level: medium

The scenic walkway follows the route of an abandoned country road that links the Pohangina Village with Ridge Road.


From Ridge Road, the first 3km of this track descends through open farmland offering extensive views of the valley below and out over to the Ruahine Ranges. The track then crosses into lush green native bush with tree ferns, black beech and regenerating shrubs, before winding through pine plantations in the lower reaches, and finally exiting into Kuku Road in the Pohangina Village. The Branch Road was closed in the 1960s, so locals have stepped in to maintain it as a beautiful walkway. The track goes through some private land and is narrow in places with dangerous drop-offs, so care needs to be taken. It is recommended that transport be arranged to drop you at the top of the track if you do not want to walk both ways.   

The track is closed September and October for lambing.

Physical Address

Ridge Road

Contact us

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

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