Rivertime Backcountry Walks
Our Backcountry walking track is a 15k loop over private land in the rugged hills of the Wanganui River Valley.Walkers can do the complete loop in about 6 hrs and a shorter loop in 3 hrs.
The walk encompasses graded tracks ,deep gorges and bluffs, high open ridges with spectacular views, a rocky stream crossing, and a steep climb through untouched native bush..
The track is well sign posted and we supply you with an easy to read map and trail notes.Walkers need to have moderate to high levels of fitness and some experience in backcountry skills.There is a small fee to cover conservation work and track maintainance. In the interest of safety we reserve the right to close the track in adverse weather conditions.
PITANGI : 15 ks 6 hours
This walk starts at Rivertime Lodge and a short distance along the scenic River road a good graded track leads you on a gradual climb once used by our early settlers to bring farm produce from the remote back country and down to the riverboat service.The trail takes you through stands of manuka forest from which the bees produce Manuka Honey known to contain certain health benefits and it is even good to spread on your toast!!There are vast hillsides of punga ferns, large tawa and beech trees tower above the native bush and tiny bush orchards cling to the shady banks along the way.The track slowly descends to the Pitangi stream where there are huge sculptured boulders which have been carried downstream by the force of water during some previous storm. A steep climb up Pigtail Ridge rewards you with a magnificent view of the river and surrounding countryside .Then it is a downhill graded track through open farmland and along the road to Rivertime.
PIGTAIL RIDGE :6ks 3 hours
This walk also starts at Rivertime and takes you through rolling farmland until you reach the back gate.The Hut is about 30 minutes walk through native bush and from here the track meets up with the Pitangi walk and you continue up Pigtail Ridge and follow the loop back to Rivertime.
For a 2 day tramping trip you can easily combine our Backcountry Walk with the Atene Skyline Walk ,just 4 ks away in the Wanganui National Park.
Biking – Cycle the Mountains to Sea cycleway which passes by Revertive Lodge.
Jet boating or canoeing — can easily be arranged for you during your stay. Contact Whanganui Scenic Experience Jet & Canoe Hire for more details and options.
Scenic Drive – Take a scenic drive up the Whanganui River Road, exploring many points of historical and cultural significance, and stop at the Matahiwi Gallery and Café for refreshments and experience local art