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North Range Road Traverse, Manawatu - Wanganui

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North Range Road TraverseBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Tim Carpenter

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Manawatu - Wanganui

Palmerston North

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:05 (Moderate)
1:40 (Fast)



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All of the run is on gravel road or 4WD track.
The run passes private land including RADAR and wind farms, all of these gates are locked.
Run starts with around 3.5km of uphill on gravel road, before going onto 4WD tracks with some deep puddles which can be run around.
There is around 10km of this before coming back onto gravel access roads again.
There are 2 significant climbs, before passing the woolshed and beginning the descent - this is around 5km, there is an uphill bump in the middle.

You will need to have a car at the finish, or it is around 15km back to the start via road.

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Features of interest

Good views of the Manawatu when the weather allows running along the ridge tops

Make Up of Run

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 30%

Gravel Road: 70%

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  • Access

    Top of the Pahiatua Track, between Palmerston North and Pahiatua

    There is a gravel parking area at the start of the run

    17 km

    22 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Don't enter any closed gates, and follow the main road along the route


    Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Not available.

    Can be very cold and windy as exposed along the tops.
    There can be some very deep puddles along the 4WD track.

    There can be farm traffic and windfarm traffic on the road

  • Post run indulgence

    Beyond the Bridge Cafe
    Is at the finish

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