Te Apiti

Te Apiti

Manawatu Gorge Track


5 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

14 Palmerston North

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Te Apiti - Manawatu Gorge
Te Apiti - Manawatu Gorge Access
Te Apiti - Manawatu Gorge


Time: 3-5 hr one way | 10km

The Manawatu Gorge Track passes through a unique landscape of steep greywacke ranges covered in native vegetation.The track provides an opportunity to enjoy native bush, scenic views and wildlife only a short distance from Palmerston North.

From either end the track climbs steadily (and steeply in places) before levelling out for a spell high above the gorge. Five viewpoints along the way give spectacular views of the river, road, railway, reserve and nearby windfarms

After climbing up from the Woodville end, the Upper Gorge Bridge track gives an alternative route back down to State Highway 3. This track takes between 1 hr 30 min to 2 hr. Transport needs to be arranged as this track finishes at a different place to the start. Please note: there is no footpath along the state highway and limited parking space.


Feature Value Info


DOC Manawatu/Whanganui

Central government organisation


North IslandManawatu - WanganuiPalmerston North


  • Walking
  • Free


Jean Soudre's avatar

Jean Soudre


Ranking: 8/10

Good stop on the road to Wellington. Nice to see the recent enormous slip that covered the road.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Sarah's avatar



Ranking: 6/10

It was a good one but I expected to see and walk close to the water but because of the track this is not the case.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Aurelien Noailly


Ranking: 6/10

Good track but I expected more lookouts.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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red setter

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

great place, heard birds, saw rata flowers, great for a walk or run. There are pegs ever km so you know how far you have gone.

Would be so much better with more loop options and a mountain bike track, especially a mountain bike track. It needs to be over 12km long and have a cafe at one end, a good day ride.

loo in car park good

car park needs to be bigger its getting really crowded.

Its the best attraction in the Manawatu, Tararua, palmerston North and its FREE.

Heaps of veiw points now, the one over the big slip which closed the gorge road for a year is awesome.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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Ranking: 7/10

Well maintained track. Not too many viewpoints (but beautiful when you get one), 4 or 5 picnic areas available along the track. Mostly walking in the bush.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick

Rankers Owner