A 3.2km shared pathway makes it possible to walk and cycle between the Ashhurst Bridge to Raukawa Road near Palmerston North.
Eventually the pathway will connect with the existing shared river pathway, creating a 21 kilometre path stretching from Ashhurst to Maxwells Line on the western border of Palmerston North.
The shared pathway will be incorporated into Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail, which will provide long term benefits for local residents, and for national and international visitors to the area.
The Ashhurst Bridge to Raukawa Road is a three metre-wide path made of compacted limestone. It takes 40 minutes to walk or 15 minutes to cycle and there are carparks at both ends.
Wheelchairs, pushchairs, walkers, scooters and bicycles can easily use the facility, but it is closed to motorised transport other than service vehicles.
Fishing is allowed, and dogs can be walked providing they are on a leash. There are many river beach access points and spectacular views of the Manawatū Gorge, Ruahine and Tararua Ranges.
The most unique feature about this pathway is its tranquillity. When you are using the shared path you are removed from traffic noise and can enjoy the river and environment.
Phil Stevens, Sport Manawatū
The new pathway has provided our family with a free, regular outing destination, where our kids are excited to go. Even our dog loves it.