Discover one of Manawatu’s newest one-day hiking track walkway adventures – the Sledge Track in the Kahuterawa Valley, Palmerston North City, Manawatu Region, New Zealand.
Sledge Track is located at the end of Kahuterawa Road, a 17 km drive from the Palmerston North City Centre taking 20 – 25 minutes. Leave Palmerston North City via Summerhill Drive, turn right into Turitea Road, and veer right to follow Old West Road (SH 57). Take a left into Kahuterawa Road; continue down this road until it ends at Kahuterawa car park, where picnic tables and an eco-toilet are provided for your convenience.
Sledge Track starts some 200 metres from the car park where an interpretation board and map is located. The Track branches to the left of the Black Bridge and follows the red line on the map.
Officially opened on 6 April 2003 by Prime Minister, Right Honourable Helen Clark, the track is the result of a partnership between Palmerston North City Council and a team of volunteers led by a local retired farmer, Mr Ian Argyle
Mr Argyle first proposed the development of the track to Council in 1999, receiving an enthusiastic reception at this opportunity to add to the City’s walkway network. Over the succeeding years, and following the original survey of the old road, Mr Argyle aided by volunteers, proceeded to open up and clear what would become known as the ‘Sledge Track”. GPS (Global Positioning System) readings and old survey maps guided these developments to ensure the track followed the original road to the point where it linked up with the loop tracks within Hardings Park (861 hectares of native bush at the southern end of Turitea Water Catchment Reserve), now a classified Scenic Reserve.