Last Updated: 28th Mar 2024


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Awahuri Forest Kitchener Park

Feilding, Manawatu - Wanganui

Submitted by Rosie Rochester

Last Updated: 28th Mar 2024


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Grunt Factor: 6 ?

Gnarl Factor: 8 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Open farmlands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +0.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -0.5%


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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.

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. 

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Plenty of off-street parking and toilets

1 km

3 minutes




Perfect throughout.

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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Andrew Lucas

has completed Awahuri Forest Kitchener Park 27 times in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Boring, but easy

Zoe McDonald

September 11, 2020

I really enjoyed this busy little trail. Great for the whole family with lots to see along the way. Stopped and watched cars racing around Mansfield, chatted to dog walkers, checked out the impressive old trees in the reserve.

Richele McKenzie

July 26, 2020

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