The many walking tracks provide the ultimate way to soak up the serenity and mysticism of Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge. From short walks which are great for kids, to the 11km main track, there is a walk to suit almost anyone. Visit here for more info on other Manawatu walks.


Manawatu Gorge Track

11km | 3-5hr | One-way | Medium Fitness

Covered in ancient bush and home to a variety of wildlife, Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge is steeped in legend and has many a story to tell.


Tawa Loop

4km | 2hr | Loop | Medium Fitness

If you want to see all the beauty that Te Apiti has to offer, but don’t want to tackle the Main track then the Tawa Loop Walk is for you. You’ll also be able to meet Whatonga, a gigantic statue in the forest.


Manawatu Gorge Loop Track

15-30min | Loop | Low Fitness

A short, easy walk for all abilities. Great for children and push-chairs.

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Upper Gorge Bridge Track

4km | 2hr | One-way | Medium Fitness

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.


Kiwi Guardians on Tawa Loop

Kiwi Guardians on Tawa Loop Looking for a fun challenge? Go for a walk on Tawa Loop in Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge and see if can spot everything on the Adventure Map, you could even earn yourself a cool certificate and medal! 

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Due to our diverse landscape, the Department of Conservation undertake regular maintenance inspections on our walking tracks. Click here to find out the latest information on our tracks.