Ashhurst Domain Pathways

If you're after some light cardio, head out to the Ashhurst Domain and choose from a range of easy to moderate walks.

Some guide you through native bush, while others offer revealing views overlooking conservation wetlands, out to the wind farm, or alongside the Manawatū River. You can even go down to the river's edge for a paddle. The world's your oyster here at the Domain!

Photo shows mother and child walking hand in hand through the bush in the Domain.  

The upper circuit offers two shorter, wheelchair-friendly walks, while the lower loop and bushwalks are more challenging.


  • Full loop: 3.5km
  • Upper circuit (large): 1.88km
  • Upper circuit (small): 1.4km
  • Domain bush loop: 1.2km

Contour: A flat terrace area with moderate to steep slopes leading to the riverside

Surface: Limestone, gravel, grass, forest floor


Walkways shown in red.

Access points: Access to Ashhurst Domain is via the Cambridge Avenue carpark on SH3 or from the layby beside the SH3 Manawatū River bridge. 

Facilities: Carparks, toilets, picnic tables, seating, playground, BBQ

Special attractions: Views of wetlands, windfarms, Te Apiti/Manawatū Gorge, Te Ahu a Turanga Highway. Historic cemetery, sportsfields, open parkland, river access, native bush and campground.


Dogs and horses welcome

Some parts of the Domain are off-leash while others require your dog to be on a lead. Please observe the signs, pick up after your dog, and ensure they are under control at all times.

The upper circuit walkway is a dog exercise area, where you can walk your dog off-leash. Your dog must be on-leash on the lower loop.