A section of the Manawatu Gorge Track is currently closed. A large, impassable slip has fallen near the eastern end and taken out a bridge. This means people cannot currently complete the full 10km track traversing the gorge. Signage and barriers are in place.
It is still possible to complete a longer one-way walk (approximately 7.5km) by entering or exiting at the Upper Gorge Bridge rather than the Ballance car park.
Upper Gorge Bridge Carpark shown below:
Please note that car parking at the Upper Gorge Bridge is limited. People should also be made aware that the car park is on the opposite side of the road to the track entrance, but an underpass allows people to get across safely.
We are currently assessing the best options for re-building or re-routing the track with an engineer. We will provide an update in due course.
UPDATE JAN 2017: A contractor has being engaged to do the Gorge re-route where the walking track slip is. The re-route will take the track up onto the ridge above the slip, it will then join back up with the existing track. The contractor will begin work on 30 January (depending on weather conditions) with an expected opening early March.
In the meantime, it would be great if you could let people know.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Conservation’s Manawatu office on 06-3509700.