Gorge walks prove a hit with trekkers
Numbers walking Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge tracks have increased by nearly 20 per cent over the last year.
Track count figures for twelve months ending in February show the main increase was for the short walks, up 25 per cent from 47,000 to almost 59,000. The numbers undertaking the full 10km Manawatu Gorge Track has remained steady at just over 10,000.
The Department of Conservation’s Allanah Irvine, says with five different walking tracks, all suited to different fitness abilities, more people are able to take advantage of what the Gorge has to offer.
‘‘It’s fantastic to have tangible proof that more people are enjoying this amazing resource that is right on our doorstep,’’ Allanah says.
Track usage is calculated through the use of data from a number of counters located throughout the track and represents the total trip numbers, not multiple trips undertaken by individuals.
Walkers enjoy the view from the top of Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge at the Ballance end of the track