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The Tawa Loop Walk – Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge

Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge, with its native bush, wildlife and stunning views, is one of Manawatu’s icons and is the scenic divide between the Tararua and Ruahine mountain ranges. Carved by the Manawatu River thousands of years ago, this magnificent geographical structure 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.

The Tawa Loop Walk offers all the beauty and wilderness of the main track in Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge, but is slightly shorter at half the distance and time. The track takes you up and around the southern edge of the reserve and begins with a steady climb for the first half of the track.

At the halfway point, you come to a clearing where you’ll come face to face with the sculpture of Whatonga, a Maori Chief. This sculpture is more than six metres tall and towers over you amongst the bush. Whatonga was one of three recognised Chiefs on board the Kurahaupo Waka, which journeyed across the Pacific Ocean to Aotearoa, New Zealand possibly as early as the 12th Century.

This walk is guided by members of Forest & Bird and is a great option for children and families.

Please ensure that you wear appropriate walking footwear, bring warm clothing, and pack plenty of food and water.

Date: Saturday 2 March 2024
Distance: 4km
Walking Time: 1 – 2 hours
Depart: Bus departs Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North at 9am

Limited to 25 people, book now to avoid disappointment.

Bookings are essential – no ticket sales on the day.

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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.

March 02 2024 09:00 - March 02 2024 14:00
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Admission: $30.00
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Category: Outdoors, Tramping




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