He Ara Kotahi Walkway. © ManawatuNZ.co.nz

Walk or cycle the He Ara Kotahi pathway in Palmerston North


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He Ara Kotahi means ‘the path that brings people together’ which is a fitting name for Palmerston North’s newest walkway. 

A pathway that winds alongside the Manawatū River, He Ara Kotahi provides tranquil views of the river and city, passing through native bush and past farmland, pā sites and the Linton Military Camp.

The centrepiece of the walk and cycleway is the stunning 194m-long He Ara Kotahi Bridge, that connects Victoria Esplanade with the other side of the river, designed to look like a fallen karaka tree from above.

With four other bridges that span the mighty Manawatū River, one of which is a suspension bridge that resembles the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and abundant birdlife, including kārearea, herons, piwakawaka, tūī and kererū, the He Ara Kotahi walk is filled with surprises. 

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