Te Ara o Mahurangi
Manawatu Gorge trail
The Manawatu Mountain Bike Club worked with DOC and other Manawatu Gorge Biodiversity Project partners to plan and fund this mountain bike trail through the Manawatu Gorge Scenic Reserve, Te Ara o Mahurangi.
This is the first stage of plans to build a trail right through the Manawatu Gorge. This trial will prove there is sufficient interest in mountain bike trails to justify the investment in a trail the whole way through. Riding Te Ara o Mahurangi will provide solid evidence to funders that a demand exists.
Note that mountain biking on the main Manawatu Gorge trail is forbidden.
More info at http://www.teapiti.com/te-ara-o-mahurangi
A Future Manawatu Gorge Trail
The plan is for a trail from the Gorge Car Park, Ashhurst to the Bridge Cafe, Gorge Rd, Woodville. It will climb from 60m above sea level to 395m with views of the Manawatu, Tararua Windfarm and Manawatu Gorge. The proposed trail will be a shared-use trail for walkers, runners and mountain bikers. The route keeps to the south, away from the existing walking track and stays closer to the Tararua Windfarm before descending down to the Woodville side. The trail takes a more gradual descent by travelling up the major gully towards Hall Block Rd, before descending to Gorge Rd. Gradients have been a major consideration to ensure the trail is rideable in both directions.