The Beehive Creek Walkway does just that. Although DoC have provided green posts with yellow tops to guide you, all you really need to do is follow the creek (1 hour). Don’t bother cutting corners, negotiating the windfalls and climbing the banks. Just get in the water and splash around. Wear gumboots or get wet feet. That’s the choice. This is a fun walk to attempt with a young family. If you don’t fancy the farmland section , then turn around and walk back down the creek. Bring spare footwear for the journey home.
And remember: take only photographs, leave only splashes.
Closed for lambing 1st August to 30 November.
From Ashhurst, follow Cambridge Avenue, then Pohangina Valley Road to Pohangina (14.5 km). 2 km north of Pohangina, just after crossing Beehive Creek, the start of the track is signposted on the left by a large gravel parking bay. Cross the stile just below the carpark to the start of the track proper.
A picnic area is located beside the creek on the opposite side of the road bridge, 100 metres below the carpark.
The shallow stream has a sandy bottom and the ripples and wavelets from mesmerising patterns. The high banks calve off at their bases and fill the stream, which is the repository for all the detritus of the surrounding woodland.
Where the track heads inland, there is a steep section over farmland. Follow the posts uphill to the concrete piles of the old stockyards, head left and descend to the road (30 minutes). It’s 3 km to walk along the road back to the parking area. Don’t expect to see a vehicle.
Return via the road or via the same creek.
North Island ▷ Manawatu - Wanganui ▷ Palmerston North
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