A must-do walk on your New Zealand journey, Te Āpiti - Manawatū Gorge is an icon and the divider of the Manawatū and Hawke's Bay regions. Nestled between two mountain ranges, there are few places in New Zealand where within 12 minutes from a major city you can enjoy one of our country’s most iconic natural playgrounds. Covered in ancient bush and home to a variety of wildlife, Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge is steeped in legend and has many stories to tell. Explore the walking tracks and you’ll come face to face with the sculpture of Whātonga, an ancient warrior who stands guard over the forest.
The main walking track is 11.2km in length and takes you high above the river and Gorge below. Winding your way through native bush, the birdsong of Tui's, Bellbird's and more give a beautiful soundtrack to enjoy. Along the route there are five viewpoints that allow you to tower above the trees and glimpse the beauty of the gorge from above. From the river to the railway, the reserves, and Manawatū’s iconic wind farms, you will be able to see all Te Āpiti has to offer.
A shorter 4.1km loop option is available at the Ashhurst end of the track. See the Manawatū Gorge Tawa Loop Walk for more information.
Please note that car parking at the Upper Gorge Bridge is limited. People should also be made aware that the car park is on the opposite side of the road to the track entrance, but an underpass allows people to get across safely.
Please note this is a one way track and you will need to:
Stick to the trail and respect the environment by making sure the only thing you leave behind are footprints. The weather can change in an instant. Make sure you plan ahead and take the right clothing and adequate food, water and supplies. Check out these gear lists for walks and hikes.