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 aerial shot of Ashhurst Domain, with part of the township, a nearby farm, lots of trees, the river and surrounding hills all visible.

Access to the 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


  • 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 Full Circuit.

Dogs and horses welcome

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