Te Apiti

Te Apiti

Manawatu Gorge Tawa Loop

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Tawa Loop - Meet Whatonga
Tawa Loop - Amazing Views
Tawa Loop - Lush Forest


All the beauty and wilderness of the main track, with less than half the distance.

This track starts at the Ashhurst end of Te Apiti - Manawatu Gorge and caters for those who want to get their heart rate up and walk for under two hours.

This walk branches off the main track about 500m in, meandering up and around the southern edge of the reserve. Some stunning views across Palmerston North can be had from a lookout about halfway around.

The track eventually comes to a junction where stands the towering sculpture of Whatonga, a Maori warrior. Whatonga was one of three recognised Chiefs on board the Kurahaupo Waka, which journeyed across the Pacific Ocean to Aotearoa, New Zealand possibly as early as the 12th Century.


Feature Value Info


DOC Manawatu/Whanganui

Central government organisation


North IslandManawatu - WanganuiPalmerston North


  • Walking
  • Free

Operating Times

All Year


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