Waitahinga Trails Whanganui
A range of walks in wild native bush.
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 is still owned and controlled by Council. This includes the commercial pine forest adjacent through the margins of which the Pines Walk passes. The active quarry area is off bounds to the public. All hunting at Waitahinga is by permit only.
Remember to take some warm clothing as the Trails are up to 580 metres above sea level. The temperature there is usually at least a few degrees lower than Whanganui. Note that it has a much higher rainfall than Whanganui so on a marginal day in town it is likely to be much worse there.
Waitahinga Trails Guide
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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!
Break at Cropper’s Clearing before going down Tom’s rigde, then the dam is easily reached!
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