The Manawatu Cycleway weaves its way from Mangaweka to Palmerston North City, providing cyclists with a two-day trip set against Manawatu’s unique rural landscape. This route follows the Manawatu Scenic Route, so you’ll be able to follow the large brown and white road signs along the way. You’ll discover hidden places and tucked away treasures ranging from convivial country cafes and pubs; heritage sites, galleries and gardens, to scenic reserves, day walks, swimming holes, glow-worm caves, picnic areas, and camping spots. Expect to be greeted with incredible views of soaring white papa cliffs and magnificent cobbled river terraces, challenging hills, undulating pathways and scenic straights filled with colour. There is a great range of accommodation options along the way, but it does pay to book ahead. The last 8km stretch into Palmerston North City takes you along the Manawatu Riverside Pathway, a gentle, undulating path that follows the Manawatu River into Palmerston North City. From here, cyclists can opt to stay and enjoy the City for a night or two, or continue on to Wairarapa via the Tararua Traverse. Getting there: There are buses to Mangaweka from Palmerston North via the Intercity and Nakedbus services. Contact the Palmerston North City i-SITE to book.
Distance: 115km one-way
Elevation: 37m – 694m
Time: 2-3 days
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