12 November 2018

UPDATE: The application of pre-feed baits planned for 14 November 2018* was postponed due to wind. Notification will be given before the next attempt is made.

*Original post: Recreational tracks in Te Apiti - Manawatū Gorge will be closed on Wednesday 14 November during aerial application of non-toxic baits for pre-feeding.  

Signage will be in place and DOC rangers will be stationed at track entrances to inform visitors during the operation.

Tracks will be closed for a second time during application of toxic baits at least five days later, at the next suitable weather window. Cereal baits containing the pesticide 1080 will be applied over approximately 900 ha of Te Apiti - Manawatū Gorge to enhance forest health and protect native wildlife. Tracks will be open as normal outside of these times.

20 march 2018

The tree fallen from 14 March has now been cleared and the track is safe for use.


14 March 2018

A tree has fallen across the track between the eastern end entrance and the Upper Gorge Bridge track junction. It is impassable; walkers are advised to avoid the area. An alternative route via the Upper Gorge Bridge Track is available.

See more on the DOC site here:


15 September 2017: Update of Gorge walking tracks

Although SH3 through the Manawatu Gorge is closed, all of the walking tracks in Te Apiti - Manawatu Gorge are currently open. There are a number of walking tracks here, which can be accessed from either end as usual.

Access to the Big Slip Lookout at the western end remains closed.