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 six people biking on offroad path beside the Manawatu River.

Track Difficulty Rating:2  3  4  5   (1 = easy : 5 = difficult) 

Approximate Distances:

  • Paneiri Park - end of Dittmer Drive: 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

  Asphalt, with a small area still limestone

Access Points:

Riverside Drive (off Te Matai Road), Napier Road, Ruamahunga Crescent, Ruahine Street, Ayr Place, Waterloo Crescent, Albert Street, Fitzherbert Avenue, Victoria Esplanade Drive (Esplanade access), Dittmer Drive, Buick Crescent, Maxwells Line

Car parks are available at the River Road, Napier Road, Ruahine Street, Fitzherbert Avenue, Palm Drive, Dittmer Drive, and Maxwells Line accessways.

Toilets are available at the Fitzherbert Avenue access.

Special Attractions:
River views, river access, informal mountain bike track

Horses are allowed along the Riverside Pathway.

Motorised Trail Bikes or Vehicles
Not permitted on any walkways


Symbol - Dog-Off-Leash Dogs can be off leash but must be under control
  • 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.

Map - Manawatu Riverside Walkway and Bridle Track