P3 | Mountain Bike Trail
An iconic new 11km long dedicated mountain bike (MTB) trail traversing east-west across the southern side of the Manawatū Gorge Scenic Reserve. Offering fantastic close up views of native bush and windfarms as well as long views of the wider region. Purpose built for MTB use it will also form part of the ‘Te Apiti Loop Track’. This will extend 35km around both sides of the Manawatū Gorge when combined with the north side Te Ahu a Turanga Manawatū-Tararua Highway project shared path that is scheduled to be completed by late 2024.
The grade 3/4 MTB track is to be developed in partnership with the Manawatū Mountain Bike Club. The track is largely contained within the reserve (8km) with two private properties involved at the western end (3km). It will diversify the MTB offering in the region as investment to date has occurred at Arapuke further south along the Tararua Ranges.