Manawatu Gorge Loop Track

Type: Walk | Loop
Time: 15 – 30 minutes
Fitness Level: Easy


If time is limited, or your have young children who can’t manage the longer tracks, this track is your answer! This short loop walk (suitable for push-chairs) winds its way through beautiful native bush, with no steps to get in the way.



Woodville end entrance
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.



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.

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