Starting in Manawatu, the Mana-Tara Crossing takes you up onto the Tararua Ranges along North Range Road, and down into the Tararua District to the former Bridge Cafe site, some 5kms south of Woodville, in the Tararua District of Wairarapa.
Transport leaves Palmerston North at 8am, taking approximately half an hour to the start of the walk at the Pahiatua Track junction.
The walk winds its way along a farm track (sometimes muddy) through New Zealand’s largest wind farm, the spectacular Tararua wind farm. A clear day will deliver magnificent views over the Manawatu and out to the west coast. The track then winds its way down Hall Block Road, finishing at the former Bridge Cafe site at the eastern end of Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge.
Transport will be waiting there to take you to Palmerston North, arriving back in the city about 3.30pm.
Suitable footwear and clothing are essential as the weather can change very quickly. Some days it can be very windy or misty. Bring plenty of snacks, and food and drink for lunch.
Those keen folks who do both the Tara-Mana Crossing on Saturday and the Mana-Tara Crossing on Sunday will receive a certificate sent to them after the event.
Date: Sunday 3 March 2019, 8am
Walking Time: 5 – 6 hours
Highest point above sea level: 500m
Depart: Bus departs Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North and returns to the city later in the afternoon.
Limited to 30 people, book now to avoid disappointment.
Bookings are essential – no ticket sales on the day.