Palmerston North Walking Tracks

Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge Track
Take an easy hike to Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge in the scenic Oroua River valley of the Ruahine Forest Park.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  45 min

Beehive Creek Walkway
Beehive Creek Walkway follows the creek through a mixture of native bush and exotics before crossing farmland to Pohangina Valley West Road. The 2-3 hour walk is closed during lambing season.
Category:  Tramping track
Distance:  4 km
Completion Time:  2 -3 hr
Alert:  The walkway is closed for lambing from 1 August to 31 October.

Bruce Park Loop Track
An easy walk through a podocarp and broadleaf forest remnant with impressive specimens of rimu, totara and kahikatea.
Category:  Walking track
Completion Time:  20 min - 1 hr

Deerford Track to Makiekie Creek
Walk Deerford Track on the edge of the Ruahine Forest Park to picturesque Makiekie Creek for a picnic and a paddle.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  1 hr

Iron Gate Hut Track
Iron Gate Hut is a good days hike along a sidle track up the Oroua River valley. Longer tramps are possible from this hut. Stay a night and return the same way.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  4 - 5 hr

Kahikatea Walk
This easy walk is a great introduction to broadleaved forest. The well defined and easy to follow track is suitable for children of all ages. As the name of the walk suggests, mature kahikatea are the stars in this reserve.
Category:  Walking track
Completion Time:  20 min

Kawhatau Base to Crow Hut Loop Track
A very steep up and down tramp in Ruahine Forest Park, climbing first to the Mokai Patea Range, then dropping to the Kawhatau River and then back up to the Hikurangi Range and out to Kawhatau Base. Involves camping out.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  3 days

Kelly Knight Hut Track
The track to Kelly Knight Hut crosses farmland to the Ruahine Forest Park boundary, then sidles above the Pourangaki River to rech the hut via a swingbridge. Stay a night and return the same way.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  2 hr 30 min - 3 hr 30 min
Alert:  You must get permission from the landowner to cross Kohunui Station.

Knights Track to Pohangina Valley East Road Track
There is a bit of everything on this tramp in the Ruahine Forest Park. Open tops, rivers and bush travel.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  3 days

Knights-Shorts Loop Track
Take a strenuous day hike and enjoy the spectacular scenery from the tops of the Ngamoko Range in the Ruahine Forest Park.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  8 - 10 hr

Maharahara Peak Track
Take a steep climb through forest to the rocky open knolls of Maharahara high point in the Ruahine Forest Park.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  6 hr
Alert:  During September and October when lambing is in progress access to this track is closed.

Manawatu Gorge - Totara Loop Track
An easy loop walk for families through bush at the Woodville end of the Manawatu Gorge Track.
Category:  Walking track

Manawatu Gorge Track
The Manawatu Gorge Track provide the opportunity to enjoy native bush only a short distance from Palmerston North.
Category:  Walking track
Completion Time:  3 - 5 hr one way

Mangaweka Scenic Reserve Track
Escape from the fast lane and step back to a land of perching lilies, tree fern and majestic kahikatea.
Category:  Walking track
Completion Time:  1 hr

McKinnon Hut Track
Perched on the northern end of the Hikurangi Range in Ruahine Forest Park, McKinnon Hut is accessed via a long ridge climbing up from the Kawhatau Valley. Stay a night and return the same way.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  4 - 6 hr

Mid Pohangina Hut Track
Cross farmland and then sidle high above the picturesque Pohangina River in the Ruahine Forest Park before crossing a swingbridge and heading to the hut. Stay a night and return the same way.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  5 - 7 hr

No.1 Line Lookout Track
Climb this track in Ruahine Forest Park to the lookout at the end of No.1 Line in the Pohangina Valley and enjoy the views.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  2 - 3 hr

Paengaroa Scenic Reserve Walk
Take a short stroll to a picnic spot in this reserve renowned for its unique and rare and endangered flora.
Category:  Short walk
Completion Time:  10 min

Purity - Kelly Knight Hut Loop Track
A loop tramp that takes in the Pourangaki River valley and the open tops of the Hikurangi Range in the Ruahine Forest Park.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  3 days

Purity Hut Track
A steep climb to this hut nestled above the bushline on the Hikurangi Range in the Ruahine Forest Park.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  3 - 4 hr

Purity to Kawhatau Base Track
Walk along the tussock tops of the Hikurangi Range between these two huts in Ruahine Forest Park.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  3 days

Rangiwahia Hut - Deadmans Track
An easy to moderate overnight tramp to Rangiwahia Hut on the Whanahuia Range in Ruahine Forest Park. Return via the open tops and Deadman's Track.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  2 days

Rangiwahia Hut Track
A popular, easy overnight tramp to the tussock tops of the Whanahuia Range in the Ruahine Forest Park.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  2 - 3 hr

Renfrew Roadend to Table Flat Roadend
Climb up and over the tussock tops of the Whanahuia Range in Ruahine Forest Park then drop down to follow the Oroua River valley.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  3 days

Ruahine Corner to Kawhatau Base Track
An excellent but strenuous trip in the remote north western Ruahine Forest Park renowned for its scenery and ecological values. Fly in by helicopter and walk out.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  4 days

Table Flat - Kashmir Roadend West-East crossing
A west east traverse of the Ruahine Forest Park, following the Oroua River valley and over the main Ruahine Range to the Kashmir Roadend.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  3 days

Zekes Hut Track
An ideal day hike or easy overnight tramp to a newly replaced hut nestled within Hihitahi Forest Sanctuary north of Taihape.
Category:  Tramping track
Completion Time:  2 hr 30 min - 3 hr 30 min