Mangaone Stream Shared Pathway

Strap on your helmet or get your walking shoes on and follow this easy, dog-friendly pathway alongside the Mangaone Stream. It stretches from Tōtara Road all the way through to Milson Line and Flygers Line.

We’re encouraging everyone to be safe around our awa (river) this summer.

Water Safety NZ says anyone near our awa should follow these handy tips to keep you and your whānau safe.

Wait 72 hours after rainfall before entering the river

Rivers are changeable and unpredictable – particularly after heavy rainfall. Riverbanks can also become unstable during and after heavy rain.

Check weather forecasts including rainfall in the hills above that could fill the streams and rivers where you are.

Look before you leap – check for hazards

Upstream, downstream and where you’re swimming. Rivers contain hidden dangers and swimming holes can change depths from summer to summer.

Always enter feet first and establish an exit point before you enter.

Keep looking

  • Can you see the bottom?
  • Is it deep enough for jumping or diving?
  • Does the riverbed drop away close to the edge?
  • Could you handle the current if you got swept away?

Rivers can be dangerous for a number of reasons

  • They can be very cold.
  • They are affected by the weather and can rise and fall quickly. 
  • The current can be strong even if the river looks calm and the water is slow moving. 
  • A person doesn’t float as well in river water as they do in sea water; someone in a river current will use a lot of energy to keep themselves afloat. 
  • There are often hidden objects.

Signs of an unsafe river 

  • Water moving faster than normal walking pace. 
  • Discoloured, cloudy water.
  • Visible debris such as tree branches, rocks and logs.

A safe rescue is a land-based rescue

Dial 111 immediately if you see anyone in danger, so emergency services can get there as soon as possible.

If someone is being swept downstream, the only safe rescue is a land-based rescue. Do not enter the river after them. It is unlikely you will be able to reach them to help them and you may need to be rescued yourself.

  • Follow the person in trouble down the riverbank.
  • Find a safe place where the person may be able to swim towards the bank.
  • Use an object like a tree branch to reach out over the river.
  • Encourage the person in trouble to grab the branch or paddle and hang on.
  • Pull them to the riverbank and help them out.

If you cannot rescue the person safely from the bank:

  • Encourage the person to turn on their back and float feet first down the river
  • If practical, throw the person a buoyant object like a bucket, chilly bin or ball that they can hang onto and use to keep themselves afloat. 

Learn more about how to keep you and your whanau safe in, on and around the water

Download the translated posters

These are translated posters of the water safety information.

They are available in different languages. Download and share them with your friends.

English(PDF, 480KB)  Burmese(PDF, 541KB) Dari(PDF, 528KB) Dzongkha(PDF, 535KB) Karen(PDF, 531KB)


Depending on what type of walk or ride you're looking to do, you could be cruising anywhere from 0.4km to 11km. The stream connects to the Manawatū River and used to be a hotspot for kai for local iwi, Rangitāne.

Although you can walk the stop banks on both sides, the formed path switches sides at Amberley Avenue. This path is great for short walks or as part of a full city loop.

There are toilets at Bill Brown Park and Milson Shopping Centre, and underpasses at most main road crossings.


  • Tōtara Road/Escort Grove to Pioneer Highway: 3.05km
  • Pioneer Highway to Amberley Avenue: 1.68km
  • Amberley Avenue to Highbury Avenue: 1.2km
  • Highbury Avenue to Botanical Road: 0.5km
  • Botanical Road to Tremaine Avenue: 0.56kilometres
  • Tremaine Avenue to Benmore Avenue: 1.2km
  • Benmore Avenue to Rangitīkei Line: 0.6km
  • Rangitīkei Line to John F Kennedy Drive: 0.4km
  • John F Kennedy Drive to Milson Line: 0.47km
  • Apollo Parade to Flygers Line: 1.44km

Total distance: 11km

Difficulty: Easy

Contour: Flat

Surface: Limestone

How to get here

Access the pathway from any of these streets: Tōtara Road, Grand Oaks Drive, Pioneer Highway, Strachan Way, Amberley Avenue, Clutha Place, Highbury Avenue, Botanical Road, Tremaine Avenue, Rosedale Crescent, Cecil Place, Benmore Avenue, Meadowbrook Drive, Rangitīkei Line, Apollo Parade, John F Kennedy Drive, Presidential Drive, Milson Line and Flygers Line.

Dogs prohibited near Awapuni Racecourse between 5am and 10am

Most of Mangaone Stream Shared Pathway is a dog exercise area, where dogs may be walked off-leash.

The exception is where the pathway passes the racecourse. No dogs are allowed near Awapuni Racecourse between 5am and 10am daily. Dogs may be walked past the racecourse on a lead outside of this time.