Gorge walks prove a hit with trekkers

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.

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Walk­ers en­joy the view from the top of Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge at the Bal­lance end of the track

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