Saturday 2 March 2024
Hike your first section of Te Araroa Trail, or add to your section collection
Te Araroa Trail, The Long Pathway is a 3028km long hike connecting Cape Reinga with Bluff. The trail passes through the Manawatū, including the towns of Bulls, Feilding, Bunnythorpe and Palmerston North as well as 50km of back country hiking in the Tararua foothills.
This hike takes you on a 13 km long bush walk on a section of trail built specifically for Te Araroa by local Te Araroa Trust volunteers in 2005/06. Walking south from the hills behind Palmerston North the trail descends to the Tokomaru River valley before following the route built by Jim Burtton in the 1920s to access his remote farm. The Track eventually emerges onto Tokomaru Valley Rd, near the Mangahao No 3 Reservoir, inland from Shannon.
Participants choosing this hike should have a good level of fitness for the six to seven hour hike. Whilst mostly easy country, there are a few steep climbs, two wet-feet stream crossings, a lot of tree roots and there may be muddy sections of the trail. Participants should pack water, snacks and food for lunch. Suitable footwear as well as warm and waterproof clothing is essential.
Mini buses will transport participants to and from the start and finish of the walk.
Your fee includes a $10 donation to the local Te Araroa Manawatū Trust to support the work of volunteers who help to maintain the trail.
Date: Saturday March 2, 2024
Walking Time: One and a half hours or three hours
Cost: $85 includes bus to Gordon Kear Forest and pick up at Tokomaru Valley Road, and $10 donation to trust.
Depart: Bus departs Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North at 9am and arrives back around 4pm.
Limited to 15 people, book now to avoid disappointment.
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL – no ticket sales on the day.
BOOKINGS CLOSE 8am March 1.
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.