Whitianga Trails Whanganui

Waitahinga Trails Whanganui

A range of walks in wild native bush.

The Waitahinga trails will be subject to restricted access by permit only during July and August.

The Waitahinga Trails are located about 12 kms past Bushy Park, inland from Kai Iwi Beach, and are a collection of walks in native bush catering for various fitness levels. There are various walks of different lengths (see the brochure below) and is a great half day or full day outing in the hinterlands of Whanganui!

The land was purchased by Whanganui District Council in 1903 in what had to be a visionary plan to solve the burgeoning town’s water problems. The Waitahinga dam was built in 1904 and its height was increased in 1926. It was decommissioned in the 1990s.

Whanganui Tramping Club approached the Council and gained permission to create and maintain these trails for public use as community project to mark the 60th anniversary of the club.

Harry’s ridge and Tom’s ridge are named to commemorate club members Harry Stimpson (1930-2011) and Tom Luff( 1935-2011). They were stalwarts of exploring these back country areas and were inspirational leaders to many club members who followed them over the years.

Waitahinga Trails Guide


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  • Picnic Spot

    A short walk takes you to a lovely picnic spot and a longer trail leads to a disused dam from 1904.

  • Take your pick

    Walks range in length and fitness levels so there is something for everyone here!

  • Secret

    Break at Cropper’s Clearing before going down Tom’s rigde, then the dam is easily reached!

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Rangitatau East Road
(Junction Road)
Kai Iwi, Whanganui.

All day long.

0800 92 64 26
4 to 4.5 hours for the complete loop (various shorter walks available as well)

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