Woodville Ferry Reserve

Woodville Ferry Reserve, located near Ballance Bridge, is a large grassy plain perfect for picnics and overnight stays (self-contained motorhomes only). With so much space, you’ll have privacy and relaxation.  This reserve provides easy access to the Manawatu River for swimming and kayaking, and even fishing and has a small wetland which is planted with native trees.  The reserve is carefully tended by the Woodville Domain Board, and is a community favourite. To access the reserve, the gate/entrance is on SH 3 between the Ballance Bridge and the entrance to the Gorge. If the gate is shut, please be sure to close it behind you.

CAMPING

The only campsite directly within Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge. Wake up each morning to sound of native birds singing and the sound of the river meandering through the valley. Plenty of fish in the river too!

– Self-contained vehicles only
– FREE
– Max. 3 nights stay per calendar month
– Access can be slippery when wet
– Fires Prohibited

For more information on camping at Woodville Ferry Reserve click here.

ACCESS

Napier Rd
-40.338000, 175.819259

From Palmerston North City | 20min drive
Head East out of town along Main St, which turns into Napier Rd. Continue through Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge. The entrance is via a gate on your right immediately before Ballance Bridge/Gorge Rd.

From Woodville | 3min drive
Head West out of Woodville towards Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge. Directly past the turn off too (don’t turn) Gorge Rd/Ballance Bridge, the entrance is on your left via a gate.


SAFETY

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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