South Manawatu, Manawatu, New Zealand
Main routes from Waitarere Beach through Waitarere Forest
Bike and Foot
Vehicles are not permitted in Waitarere Forest (without a permit), but pedestrians and cyclists are welcome provided they take care. There are logging trucks and farm vehicles operating, but you are unlikely to come across any at the weekend.
There are many tracks in the forest, but few signposts. The routes shown here are the main, wide, gravel 4WD forestry roads. The Waitarere side tracks shows some of the many secondary tracks which are rougher. However, the routes shown in this map are the main routes and relatively easy for cycling. The main road nearer the coast is labelled "RD12". Some other roads are marked, but I strongly recommend taking a GPS (signal is good even within the forest) as it is easy to get lost if you haven't been through before. The main entrance is on Waitarere Beach Road and is clearly marked. The gates will usually be padlocked. Walkers can use the side gate. There is parking on the grass in front of the horse riding field beside the entrance. The other entrance is off Oturoa Road which is off SH1 near the Foxton bridge. You will to park off the road near the farm entrance, and go up a farm vehicle track for 2 km to enter the forest (gate padlocked, but okay for walkers and cyclists to enter). The main route here goes along the edge of the forest beside the farm, and meets the main track approximately midway between Waitarere Beach and Foxton estuary.
These roads are long and straight and essentially flat, and relatively sheltered if cycling on a windy day. There can be rough areas with branches and ruts if forestry vehicles have been operating in an area. After rain there can be muddy areas. Cyclists allow 30 - 45 minutes to cycle from Waitarere Beach to Foxton Estuary - if walking allow about 2 hours. It is about 10 km each way.
Forest entrance on Waitarere Beach road
Waitarere Forest, A short teaser video - 2015
Park at the forest entrance on Waitarere Beach Road. Vehicles not allowed in the forest.
No facilities within the forest, not even water. There is a 4-Square store about 200 metres further down Waitarere Beach Road if you need supplies.
11 May 2015 by BCNU
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