This cliff top park, also known as Te Motu-o-Poutoa, is dedicated as a memorial to fallen soldiers who came from the local area and was once the site of a Rangitāne pa. Anzac Park was established during WWI and offers great views across the city as well as a walking track. On a clear day, it is possible to see through to both Mount Ruapehu and Mount Taranaki. Many locals know this park only by its colloquial name, Pork Chop Hill.
The park is also home to the Palmerston North Astronomical Society, with an observatory for star-gazing enthusiasts. Open nights are limited to clear, cool evenings when visibility into the night sky is optimal.
Anzac Park Walkway: A short easy walk through established native bush and back through a scattering of pines. Dogs are allowed if kept on a lead.
Lower Titoki Walkway: Starting from Cliff Road, explore the Lower Titoki Reserve which leads to Cashmere Drive. For a longer walk, cross the road and continue onto the Titoki Walkway. Note, this is a one way walk, for a loop track connect from Sycamore Cresent onto the Poutoa Walkway.
Manawatū River Pathway: Take a stroll along the Manawatū River. The nearest access point is directly across from Anzac Park at the base of the Fitzherbert Bridge.
Travel over the Fitzherbert Bridge towards the Summerhill Drive off ramp taking the first left turn into Cliff Road. A narrow road leads to the cliff top, which is shared by traffic going in both directions, so take care. A wide grassy area for the kids to play waits to greet you, and a loop track through the remnant bush.
The Road Barrier opens at 7am and closes at 6pm every day. Note: The trail to the top of the park remains accessible for those exploring on foot.
For after hours parking, use the carpark on the opposite side of the Fitzherbert Bridge and use the pedestrian access across the bridge to explore Anzac Park on foot.