Manawatu Gorge Trail is a beautiful track through native bush with several great outlooks. The track starts from the car park at the Gorge coming from Ashurst.
Follow the path alongside the road - until an underpath under the road where the actual track starts in the wood. The short Tawa Track
4k loop (which is ideal for hiking with kids ) starts there as well. I took the Upper Gorge Bridge Track
, and on the way back, took the other half of the Tawa loop.
Overall, this is a nice forested singletrack that is very convenient to hike. Ferns and Nikau palms are along the track as well as information regarding native birds.
For more information on the track, click here