Ashhurst Domain Pathways

Ashhurst Domain is a large reserve offering a wide variety of facilities and activities ideal for families and fun for all ages, including access to the Manawatū River. Just choose from the Domain’s numerous walking tracks. Some offer revealing views overlooking conservation wetlands, while others guide you through native bush.

Photo shows person strolling along a wooden boardwalk in the bush.

Track Difficulty Ratings:   (1 = easy : 5 = difficult)

Upper Circuit (large): 1
2 3 4 5

Upper Circuit (small): 1 2 3 4 5

Lower Loop: 1 2 3 4 5

Full Circuit (excluding Lower Loop): 1 2 3 4 5


  • Upper Circuit (large): 1.88 kilometres
  • Upper Circuit (small): 1.40 kilometres
  • Lower Loop: 0.90 kilometres

Full circuit (excluding Lower Loop): 2.83 kilometres

Motorised Trail Bikes or Vehicles
Not permitted on any walkways

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

Surface: Limestone, gravel, grass and forest floor. Board-walks and bridges present on Lower Loop and stiles on Full Circuit.

Access Points: Napier Road and Cambridge Avenue.

Conveniences: Playground, car parks, drinking water, toilets, changing facilities, camping ground, picnic area.

Special Attractions: Views of the wetland, the windfarm and Manawatū region, native bush, river access and the cemetery.


Symbol - Dog-On-Leash Dogs must be on leash when not on the Upper Circuit
Symbol - Dog-Off-Leash Dogs can be off leash but must be under control - Upper Circuit Only

Ensure dogs are under control at all times and do not disturb livestock where walkways pass through rural areas.

Please pick up your dog waste and put it in a rubbish bin or take it away with you.