Manawatū River Pathway

Experience the ever-changing views of the Manawatū River and its surrounds on this open, flat path which follows the river from the end of Maxwells Line through to Riverside Drive. While the entire route may not suit an evening stroll or cycle, numerous access points allow for shorter excursions.

Photo shows smiling woman riding a bike along an off-road pathway.

Track difficulty rating:  1  2  3  4  5   (1 = easy : 5 = difficult) 

Approximate distances

  • Maxwells Line - end of Dittmer Drive (Paneiri Park to Victoria Esplanade): 2.37 kilometres
  • End of Dittmer Drive - Fitzherbert Avenue:  1.31 kilometres
  • Fitzherbert Avenue - Albert Street:  1.69 kilometres
  • Albert Street - Waterloo Crescent:  0.61 kilometres
  • Waterloo Crescent - Ayr Place:  0.60 kilometres
  • Ayr Place - Ruahine Street:  0.92 kilometres
  • Ruahine Street - Ruamahunga Crescent:  1.10 kilometres
  • Ruamahunga Crescent - Napier Road:  0.34 kilometres
  • Napier Road - Riverside Drive:  0.94 kilometres

Total Distance:  9.86 kilometres

Contour:  Flat to mildly contoured

  Mainly asphalt (limestone between Paneiri Park and Dittmer Drive)

Photo shows couple walking along the pathway with grassy fields on either side and hills and trees in the background.

Photo: ManawatuNZ

Access points

Riverside Drive (off Te Matai Road), Napier Road, Ruamahunga Crescent (Ruamahanga Wilderness Area), Ruahine Street, Ayr Place, Waterloo Crescent (Waterloo Park), Albert Street, Fitzherbert Avenue (Hardie Street Reserve), Victoria Esplanade, Dittmer Drive (Dittmer Reserve), Buick Crescent (Ahimate Reserve), Maxwells Line (Paneiri Park).


Carparks at Riverside Drive, Napier Road, Ruahine Street, Fitzherbert Avenue, Palm Drive, Dittmer Drive, and Maxwells Line accessways.

Toilets are available at three access points: Maxwells Line, Fitzherbert Avenue and Ruamahunga Crescent.

Special attractions

River views, river access, bike jumps and pump track, open-air gym equipment

Horses allowed

Motorised trail bikes or vehicles not permitted

Photo shows woman walking a dog along the river pathway.

The Ahimate Reserve end of the pathway is limestone.


Symbol - Dog-Off-Leash Dogs can be off leash along most of the pathway but must be under control
  • Ensure dogs are under control at all times and do not disturb livestock where walkways pass through rural areas.
  • The stretch of pathway past Victoria Esplanade is on-leash.
  • Please pick up your dog waste and put it in a rubbish bin or take it away with you.