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Summerhill Tracks, Manawatu - Wanganui

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Summerhill TracksBeginner

Submitted by Tim Carpenter

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Manawatu - Wanganui

Palmerston North



Undulating, small hills only



1:30 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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Starting from Centennial Drive carpark, head across Fitzherbert Ave Bridge. Once across the bridge, turn left up the road for approx 500metres to the track start on the right, marked with a urban walkway post and triangle. Follow the trail, taking first left at the junction. You will come up onto a road, cross the road and 100metres on the other side the trail continues. Take next left across small bridge, and head up the stairs. This will bring you onto another road, cross this heading to the R), take next L) and trail is on the R) and continues through to another road. Run approx 200metres and cross the road to next part of the trail (take care 70kph area).
Follow this and at next road, trail continues directly opposite.
Head down and around the hill (steep gravel downhill), and cross road at bottom to continue on trail (careful 100kph area) and turn L) on trail at next sign post.
At carpark cross road (100kph area) and follow up the large group of steps. Follow this trail with another 2 large uphill parts, and at the end of the trail cross road and trail continues on the other side. You can choose either fork, they come to same place.
Up the next stairs and option to turn right and out down Atawhai Drive (take steps at bottom of road, turn R) and return to Fitzherbert Ave bridge)
continue straight past playground, and over stile to continue around into Bledisloe Park. Continue to take right turns (Stairs on right can be completed as up and back down if desired) and when exit the park, turn right and follow the track back to Fitzherbert Ave bridge (approx 1.5km to carpark you started from)

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Easy Single Track: 85%

Sealed Road: 15%

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  • Access

    The listed start point is the carpark on Centennial Drive, Palmerston North.

    Note that these tracks can be started or finished from any of the various access points

    There are normally other cars parked and there is a moderate amount of foot traffic present

    3 km

    8 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    There are small posts with arrows on throughout the trails. If you take a wrong turn, you are always close to a road, and can return to Summerhill Drive which will take you back down to Fitzherbert Ave Bridge.

    Perfect throughout.

    Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone.

    No natural sources, you run near a supermarket

    Nil except for normal weather conditions that you are in at the time.

    Take care of cars when crossing roads.

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