Ashhurst Domain Pathways

Choose from a range of easy to moderate walks through Ashhurst Domain. Some offer revealing views overlooking conservation wetlands, while others guide you through native bush. Explore the native bush and towering trees or seek out the views over the wetland, out to the wind farm, or alongside the Manawatū River.

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

Access to Ashhurst Domain is via the Cambridge Avenue carpark on SH3 or from the layby beside the SH3 Manawatū River bridge. The upper circuit offers two shorter, wheelchair-friendly walks, while the lower loop and bushwalks are more challenging.

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

Photo shows a map of the walkways at Ashhurst Domain, including linking tracks and loop sections.

Walkways shown in red.


  • 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. Boardwalks and bridges present on Lower Loop and stiles on the full circuit.

Photo shows aerial shot of Ashhurst Domain including one of the carparks and the cemetery, with lots of trees, the river and surrounding hills all visible.

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.