Trail Info


Trail type: Walking
Direction: Loop

Walking Duration: 2 hrs
Distance: 4 km

Fitness: Low,intermediate
Walking Difficulty: Easy

Dog Friendly: No

Things to know:
Toilets at Ashhurst Carpark (start)

Location:
Located approximately 16 km east of Palmerston North adjacent to State Highway 3. The car park is located on the left side of the road immediately before The Gorge entrance.
-40.3066, 175.7705 - view map

If you want to see all the beauty that Te Apiti has to offer, but don’t want to tackle the Main track then the Tawa Loop Walk is for you. This track provides all the beauty and wilderness of the main track, with less than half the distance and half the time.

Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge is the divider of the Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay regions – enjoy one of our country’s most iconic natural playgrounds. Covered in ancient bush and home to a variety of wildlife, Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge is steeped in legend and has many a story to tell. Explore the walking tracks and you’ll come face to face with the sculpture of Whatonga, an ancient warrior who stands guard over the forest.

Tawa Loop is a metal track following a steady 5% gradient, however is steep in places and can prove challenging. This loop walks branches of the Manawatu Gorge Track 500m into the walk. Upon meeting up the the main track again, you can choose to either go straight ahead to venture down to the ‘Big Slip Lookout’, or turn left and head back down the main track to return to the Ashhurst end car park.

ACCESS:

Located approximately 16 km east of Palmerston North adjacent to State Highway 3. The car park is located on the left side of the road immediately before The Gorge entrance. From the car park, you walk under a gate at the end of the lot to the pedestrian track, which runs alongside the road for a few meters, until you reach an underpass. Signs lead the rest of the way.

Credit Photo & content to Tararua District Council

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Location

Located approximately 16 km east of Palmerston North adjacent to State Highway 3. The car park is located on the left side of the road immediately before The Gorge entrance., -40.3066, 175.7705