New Zealand Walk: New track links Wairarapa with the Manawatu
For many years there has been a desire to open up a track linking Wairarapa on the east coast of the North Island through the Tararua Ranges to Manawatu on the west coast. Now it has been done. The track is some 25 kms south of the existing Manawatu Gorge
It is some years since the Wednesday Wilderness Wanderers a group within the Manawatu Tramping and Ski Club have made a crossing of the ranges and the first time that the group has made a crossing so close to Palmerston North.
Here is the story by Bob Hodgson, with photos by Maureen, Judith, Bob and William.
For some time a group of volunteers led by the indomitable Ian Argyle, have been working on a track linking NaeNae Road, an unsealed road reached from the Tutaekara Road in the Wairarapa, with the recently opened Otangane (Nipple)