07 September 2023 - Trips
William Laing 022 099 7988
Departing memorial park at 7:30am
This is a 12.5 k tramp by the Whanganui river (see https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/manawatu-whanganui/places/whanganui-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/atene-skyline-track/). See description below. It has a shelter in the middle where we can have lunch.
The entrance to the track is about 2k away from the exit on the road so unless we have two vehicles we will need to walk back to the car park.
DOC website description:
Beginning at the up-river end, the track climbs steeply from the River Road to a height of 260 m through fine lowland forest. Following an old, gently graded roadline for around 3 km the track follows the ridgeline to a clearing which marks the track's halfway point. A campsite with drinking water, a shelter and a toilet is available here.
Shortly beyond this point is the Taumata Trig, the highest point of the track at 572 m. The track then winds around the edge of sandstone bluffs to reach Taupiri Trig before descending steeply back to the River Road.
Note that this track is not a complete loop. It's an extra 2 km walk along the road to return to the carpark.