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Manawatu Cycleway on The Country Road

A 126km on-road New Zealand Cycle Trail from Mangaweka to Palmerston North City.
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 69.6 miles
Duration: Unknown
Family Friendly

Overview :  The Manawatu Cycle Trail on The Country Road is a 126km on-road ride and is part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail. The route traverses ... more »

Tips:  There are many places to stay and things to see and do on this route. Featured here is just a sample. For a comprehensive list, pick... more »

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Points of Interest

Mangaweka is a charming town on SH1 between Taihape and Hunterville in the Lower North Island. Go off the State Highway one block and see a part of New Zealand that time hasn't touched.

After having a look around the town, head to The Hub Cafe beneath the DC3 airplane for the essentials (sunscreen, bug repellant etc), a coffee and a bite to eat... More

2. Mangaweka Viaduct & Rangiwahia Dress Circle Reserve

Along the way enjoy the beautiful scenery from the Mangaweka Viaduct, and if you'd like to veer off route for a little bit, check out the Rangiwahia Dress Circle Reserve.

3. Intersection of Rangiwahia, Te Parapara and Ruahine Roads

At this junction you have the choice to continue along the route or divert into the small village of Rangiwahia for a bathroom break, rest stop or overnight camping. The historical tile display on the Rangiwahia Hall and the memorial are well worth a look, as is booking to see Ruapuna Park Gardens and Museum.

4. Michael Bourke's Wetlands

Explore nature's playland planted with all sorts of interesting trees, shrubs and flowers including water lillies, magnolias and cherry trees. Trout fishing is available here in the large and picturesque lake, providing you have a permit. There are plenty of birds and wildlife to experience. Free entry and open anytime.

5. Pohangina Valley East Road Turn Off

6. Pohangina Base

This former Department of Conservation workers' base has now been transformed into budget accommodation offering an all-weather solution for travellers. If you'd still like to be outside, you can pitch a tent on the lawn and use the facilities inside. To book, go to www.doc.govt.nz.

7. Pilgrim's Rest Tea Rooms and Deer Park

Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside and some of the most expansive views of the Pohangina Valley. Relax in the garden setting, watch the deer and choose either a ploughman's lunch, Devonshire Tea or a cool drink and ice cream. Bookings are essential. Telephone: +64 6 329 4705

8. Totara Reserve Regional Park

Totara Reserve is a 400ha bush area nestled in the Pohangina Valley. It is one of the best and most accessible remaining examples of the ancient forest that once covered much of the Region. There are a variety of long and short walks, and great camping facilities.

9. Raumai Reserve

Raumai Reserve is a scenic picnic spot right beside the river. It's a great spot for swimming and fishing. Picnic areas and public toilets are available.

Ashhurst is small town on the edge of Pohangina Valley, near Manawatu Gorge and Palmerston North City. Facilities include a petrol station, dairies, cafes, and a large and scenic domain.

11. Turn left into Te Matai Road

Turn off at Te Matai Road to continue along the Cycleway.

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14. Turn Left into into Riverside Drive to access the Bridle Track/Riverside Pathway

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33. Fitzherbert Bridge

Ride underneath the bridge then follow the bath up toward the road which will lead you onto Fitzherbert Ave where you need to head North towards The Square.

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37. The Square