Awahuri Forest Kitchener ParkBeginner
Submitted by Rosie Rochester
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Native bushRiversideOpen farmlandsOpen ridges/tops
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Follow the trail south through Kowhai Park, cross over Rata Street and the trail continues on next to the Bridge. Its a lovely lime and gravel path that meanders along next to the stream, past Manfield racing track, with lovely views of farmland for a few km until you reach Kitchener park (Awahuri forest). Do the Board walk loop first (yellow trail on the sign), then the dirt trail loop (white trail) that goes next to the stream. When you arrive at the carpark turn left and head up the gravel road next to the Marae style Shelter and this takes you back to the dirt stream path. Turn right when you arrive back at the stream to follow the trail back again to the start.
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Features of interest
The Kitchener Park loop is an absolute gem in the Manawatu that takes you past the tallest kowhai tree in New Zealand, 800-year-old kahikatea and an abundance of other natives. Its a hidden treasure.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 80%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%
Kowhai Park Off South Street
Plenty of off-street parking and toilets
Long-sleeved thermal top, Beanie/thermal headwear, First aid kit, Cellphone, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).
There is water available at Kowhai Park and Kitchener Park
After a lot of rain the white trail at kitchener park will be very muddy so the boardwalk would be good in these condtions
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