Upper Gorge Bridge Track
Type: Walk | One-way
Time: 1.5 – 2 hours approx.
Fitness Level: Medium
This track offers all the native bird and plant life of the main track, and is a great alternative if you are short on time. With steep climbs and fantastic viewing points high about the Manawatu River, this a popular track for those wanting a bit of a challenge.
Nature & Conservation
Passing through unique landscapes of steep greywacke ranges covered in vegetation, you will predominantly find tawa and podocarp forest, along with broadleaved trees and Nikau Palms. What makes Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge so unique is the maidenhair fern, only found in the Manawatu in New Zealand.
The Upper Gorge Bridge Track is accessible from the Woodville end entrance, located on SH3. Drive in, or alternatively contact the Palmerston North City i-SITE to arrange transport on 0800 626 292. Located approximately 8km west of Woodville. Turn off State Highway 3 onto Ballance Gorge Road and cross the Ballance Bridge to the car park at the track entrance. This track finishes back down on State Highway 3, where you muat have transport arranged to pick you up from, unless you are returning the way you came along the track.
Taking care of the Track
The Gorge’s isolation, wilderness and natural surroundings, make it a place of untamed beauty, but that beauty needs to be maintained and respected.
The Department of Conservation promotes the principles set out by Leave no Trace. Following these principles will ensure the longevity of our native bush lands and walkways.
– Plan Ahead and Prepare
– Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
– Dispose of Waste Properly
– Leave What You Find
– Respect Wildlife and Farm Animals
– Be Considerate of Others
Note: Predator traps may be set off the track. If you come across a trapping device, do not touch it.
Mountain biking / Te Eke Paihikara
Mountain biking is not permitted on walking tracks in the Manawatu Gorge.
E kore te Mountain te pahikara tukua ki te e haereere ana huarahi i roto i te tāwhārua o Manawatū.
Dogs / Nga Kuri
Dogs are not permitted as poisons are used in the reserve.
E kore e kuri e āhei rite paihana kua whakamahia i roto i te rāhui.
Enjoy your visit and leave the land undisturbed.
Fiefia i to koutou haerenga, me te waiho i te whenua houkura
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.