Track Grade: Easy – Medium
Duration of  Event: 4 hours

Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge is one of our region’s main icons, and is the scenic divide between the Tararua and Ruahine mountain ranges. Formed over thousands of years by the Manawatu River, this is a magnificent geographical structure and is also the only place in New Zealand where a river begins its journey on the opposite side of the main divide to where it joins the sea. With its native bush and wildlife, Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge is a time capsule that preserves the bush that once covered the Manawatu, a place frozen in time.

The Tawa Loop Walk provides all the beauty and wilderness of the main track in Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge, with less than half the distance and half the time. The track takes you up and around the southern edge of the reserve. With a steady climb for the first half of the track, you’ll be rewarded with incredible bush surrounds and some fantastic viewing points. There is an optional detour down to the lookout over the major slip from 2012. At the halfway point, you come to a clearing where you’ll come face to face with the sculpture of Whatonga, a Maori warrior. This sculpture is over 6 metres tall and towers over you amongst the bush. 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.

This walk is guided by members of Forest & Bird.

This walk is a great option for children and families.

Please ensure that you wear appropriate walking footwear, bring warm clothing, and pack plenty of adequate drink and food.


Date:  Saturday 10 March 2018

Depart: Bus departs Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main St, Palmerston North 9am

Distance: 4 kilometres

Walking Time: 1 -2 hours

Cost: $20.00 BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL – no ticket sales on the day. Limited to 25 people.

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