Manawatu Gorge project

The Manawatu Gorge is a magnificent geographical structure formed over thousands of years by the Manawatu River.

The Gorge itself is unique, as it is the only place in New Zealand where a river begins its journey on the opposite side of the main divide to where it joins the sea. At that time the area would have existed as a series of islands, when the Gorge was part of a sea strait.

The restoration project will restore native forest and enhance biodiversity in the Gorge.

One of the many attractions of the Manawatu Gorge is the new Tawa Track. Take a look here:

Our goal

Preserve, sustain and enhance the biodiversity, scenic and recreational values of this unique site.

The project team

The Manawatu Gorge project is proudly supported by Horizons Regional Council, the Department of Conservation, Palmerston North City and Tararua District Councils, Transit NZ, ONTRACK, the Rangitaane Iwi and local landowners.

For more information

View the Into the Gorge brochure

Visit the Manawatu Gorge website

Get Involved

To find out how you can get involved in the Manawatu Gorge Restoration Project contact

Horizons Regional Council 0508 800 800 or DOC Palmerston North Office 350 9700