Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Summerhill Tracks

Palmerston North, Manawatu - Wanganui

Submitted by Tim Carpenter

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 8 ?

Gnarl Factor: 11 ?








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Type of Run



Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly


Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +3.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -3.1%


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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)

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

3 km

8 minutes




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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Tim Carpenter

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Trail Reviews

Have run parts of the trail before but not the entire loop until today. Loved it!! Great tracks in good condition, good signage, and great shelter from the wind. Will definitely be running this loop again.

Lindy Purdy

July 4, 2023

Great trail escape so close to the city. Nice, easy running trail, suitable for dogs with a couple of water spots where they can refresh.

Natalie Atkin

March 20, 2023

Spent a great morning looping around these tracks, great for a little hill work and didn't get lost at all. The steps are great!

Jayne Tankersley

October 3, 2020

Love these trails right on our doorstep... they offer hills... stairs... bush.. and can run for hours and not do the same trail twice or walk for half a hour... great for everyone

Wendy Watts

January 17, 2020

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