NOTE: Kayaking through Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge is for experienced kayakers only. 

Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge is one of only a few places in the world where a river flows from one side of a mountain to the other, instead of from a divide. Experience the unique landscape for yourself!



Ashhurst endLocated approximately 15 km east of Palmerston North adjacent to State Highway 3. Turn off the road directly before the bridge past Ashhurst where you will find a small car park by the river.

Woodville Ferry Reserve
Located approximately 8km west of Woodville. Turn off State Highway 3 directly after Gorge Road/Ballance Bridge. Drive down the gravel track to the river.

Visit Q-Kayaks for more information on kayaking the Manawatu River, or to hire kayaks.


Before your next trip, make sure you read and understand The Outdoor Safety CODE, as well as telling someone your plans – your safety is your responsibility. Check out the links below to help you plan your next outdoor adventure.

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