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Manawatū River Pathway

Time: varies | Distance: 10km | Fitness Level: low

Take a leisurely walk or ride along the Manawatū River and experience the ever-changing views that it offers.


Distance: 10km (end to end)
Elevation: 26m – 38m
Grade: Easy
Surface: 70% sealed, 30% compacted limestone 

This ride is a perfect family or beginners ride, as it is all flat to mildly contoured, with some limestone sections, as well as wide cement paths.  There are many access points to this trail, which runs for over 10kms between Maxwells Line in the west to Riverside Drive in the east.  

When biking or walking the Manawatū River Pathway, take the chance to pop into the Victoria Esplanade which runs alongside the middle section of the Manawatū River Pathway. With rose gardens, bird aviaries, BBQ facilities, playgrounds, miniature train rides and duck ponds, there really is something for everyone. Public toilets are also available here. For a relaxing break, visit the Cafe Esplanade for a fantastic selection of cabinet food and menu food all made fresh at the cafe. Grab an ice cream or refuel with an organic coffee.

Physical Address

Maxwells Line to Riverside Drive
Palmerston North

Contact us

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

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.