Te Ara o Mahurangi
Manawatu Gorge trail

The Manawatu Mountain Bike Club worked with DOC and other Manawatu Gorge Biodiversity Project partners for over to plan and fund this mountain bike trail through the Manawatu Gorge Scenic Reserve, Te Ara o Mahurangi.

It is the first stage of developments to build a trail completely through the Manawatu Gorge.  This development is a trial to 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.

More info at http://www.teapiti.com/te-ara-o-mahurangi

The Future

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.