Feilding to Bunnythorpe - 9km / 2-2.5hr
From Kowhai Park, continue east along South St to the end, passing the Feilding Sale Yards on left. Renowned as the largest sale yards for selling sheep in the southern hemisphere, they are worthy of a visit on a Friday (being “sale day” when the country comes to town).
From South St, cross the road and turn right into Aorangi St. Take the combined cycleway/footpath for 1km, crossing the Oroua River. At the next intersection, the route turns left, crosses the North Island Main Trunk Railway and continues left/south along Campbell Road adjacent to the railway line, passing the Taonui Aerodrome (home to the Feilding Aero Club).
Several kilometres further on at an intersection cross the railway line and continue south along Waughs Road till where the road ends and there is a style. Here continue along a track on the left beside the Transfer Station. Turn right (not left) and go through a gate and keep to the right down to the Mangaone Stream crossing.
(As at mid-September there have been several trees that have fallen over the track through storm damage besides the stream. Duck your head when going underneath. It is planned to clear the track soon.)
There is no bridge there. The stream is very shallow in dry weather. Continue up the other side. After about 150 metres cross the small Jacks Creek and continue to the Kairanga/Bunnythorpe Road. Turn left and cross the railway line and then turn right into the village of Bunnythorpe.
Bunnythorpe to Riverside Drive - 8.5km / 2hr
The footpath through Bunnythorpe passes the old Glaxo factory. (Glaxo is now the worlds 2nd largest multinational pharmaceutical firm and this was its birthplace in 1904). Leading onto Stony Creek Rd, the route veers away for 500m before turning right at Clevelly Line back toward the railway line. Without crossing the railway, turn left (south) into Sangsters Rd. At the end of the road, the trail continues along the legally designated paper road reserve. Crossing several fencelines, via gates or styles, a bridged drain and a gravel roadway the route comes to Roberts Line.
Turn left/south along Roberts Line to Kelvin Grove Rd, the edge of the Palmerston North residential area. Crossing Kelvin Grove Rd, a sealed pathway leads to Lydia Place, a cul de sac which again leads back onto Roberts Line and through the residential area of Kelvin Grove. It crosses the railway line (leading to the Manawatu Gorge and the East Coast).
Roberts Line ends shortly after at State Highway 3, also known as Napier Rd. After crossing SH3, straight ahead follow Te Matai Rd, veering right after about 1km into Riverside Drive.
How to get here
Northern Start: Kowhai Park, South St, Feilding. Southern End: Riverside Dr, Palmerston North
Credit photo & content to NZ Walking Access Commission
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