Whanganui

Whanganui

Whanganui to Bulls - OPEN

Northern Start
Whanganui Motor Boat Club ramp, Anzac Parade, Wanganui
Southern End
Junction of High St (SH1) and SH3, Bulls
Distance
58.5km
Time
2-3 days
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track. Take extreme care on SH3, and heading into Bulls
  • Farming operations
  • Forestry operations.
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Few water sources
Description
(North to South)

As you come out of Whanganui take No2 Line which can be accessed by the following (a) walking up Portal Street from Anzac Parade (b) Climbing the Durie Hill (355) steps to the tower at the top, or (c) taking the Durie Hill Elevator (closed xmas day). 8am-6pm Mon-Fri. 10am-5. m Sat & Sun. $2 charge. If you take the steps or elevator following Durie Street to Portal Street, which then carries on to N02 Line. Walk to Fordell, which is approx 14 kms and turn right onto Warrengate Road for approximately 4km and walk to SH3. Turn left and walk for 3km and cross the Whangaehu River Bridge. Turn right across the bridge into Whangaehu Beach Road and walk to the end. Go through the gate and carry on following the track to the beach. From Whangaehu to the Beach is approx. 8km. Turn left and walk along the beach til you get to the Turakina River (cross between markers). Check tide and cross at low tide. On the other side is a the beach settlement of Koitiata.

 Santoft Route - 18km / 7-8hr

 
Head south along the beach. Look for a marker by a stream bed after approx 14 km, If you get to the fire lookout you have gone too far by about 1.5km, go back, do not enter the bomb range.
 
Then turn left and follow the blaze markings to the forest road. Follow the forest road which leads SE for appox 2 Kms until you come across Raumai Road, then walk for aprox 11 Km to Bulls Township.
 

 

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info
Koitiata Village
Accommodation
Koitiata Camp Ground - End of Te One St, Koitiata - P: 0272816691  - Campsites (powered and unpowered) and coin-operated hot showers - your host is Diane. 
 
Bulls
Getting there/away
InterCity - P: 09 583 5780 - E: info@intercity.co.nz  
 
Local transport
Fielding Taxis - P: 06 324 0449 

Accommodation

Lancewood Lodge  - accommodation available on the trail at 170 High Street, Bulls - contact details and bookings via www.lancewoodlodge.nz .  You are also welcome to pitch your tent for $10 per person (extra charge for using facilities other than toilet).

3br self-contained cottage accommodation, 63 Johnson St (just off High St on the way into Bulls) - Mary and Paul Sharland -
P: 06 3221789 - E: paulsharland@xtra.co.nz
Homestay accommodation, 48 Brandon Hall Rd - P: Jo Gallen 027 3221040 - E: johancon@xtra.co.nz - $50/night/couple - includes bed, dinner, shower and washing machine. Tent sites and self-catering also available - please enquire
Bridge Motor Lodge and Caravan Park - Also has cabins and self contained motel units - 2 Bridge St, Bulls - P: 06 322 0894 - E: bullsmotel@infogen.net.nz

Resupply
Rangitikei Junction has a foodcourt, toilets and Four Square minimarket. 
Platts Pharmacy is open 8.30-5.30 weekdays and 9-12 Saturday.
Evening meals available at the Rangitikei Tavern.
Four Square Supermarket - 144 Bridge St - P: 06 322 1236 
The Dairy Bulls - 113 High St, Bulls - P: 06 322 1218 

 

Requirements
  • Respect private land
  • Forestry operations - Track may be closed occasionally
  • Leave gates as you find them
  • No dogs
  • No firearms
  • No fires in forest
  • Wear hi-viz clothing/pack cover and don't use headphones
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided at Koitiata
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities in Wanganui
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Phone
  • Accommodation YHA Wanganui
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities No resupply en route
  • Toilets at Koitiata
  • Basic camp site at Koitiata (with coin-operated shower)
Amenities
(End)
  • Full range of amenities in Bulls
  • Carpark
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Accommodation - backpackers, hotel & meals.
Closest Town(s)
Whanganui or Bulls
Managed by
Whanganui District Council
Northern Start
Whanganui Motor Boat Club ramp, Anzac Parade, Wanganui
Southern End
Junction of High St (SH1) and SH3, Bulls
Distance
58.5km
Time
2-3 days
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

As you come out of Whanganui take No2 Line which can be accessed by the following (a) walking up Portal Street from Anzac Parade (b) Climbing the Durie Hill (355) steps to the tower at the top, or (c) taking the Durie Hill Elevator (closed xmas day). 8am-6pm Mon-Fri. 10am-5. m Sat & Sun. $2 charge. If you take the steps or elevator following Durie Street to Portal Street, which then carries on to N02 Line. Walk to Fordell, which is approx 14 kms and turn right onto Warrengate Road for approximately 4km and walk to SH3. Turn left and walk for 3km and cross the Whangaehu River Bridge. Turn right across the bridge into Whangaehu Beach Road and walk to the end. Go through the gate and carry on following the track to the beach. From Whangaehu to the Beach is approx. 8km. Turn left and walk along the beach til you get to the Turakina River (cross between markers). Check tide and cross at low tide. On the other side is a the beach settlement of Koitiata.

 Santoft Route - 18km / 7-8hr

 
Head south along the beach. Look for a marker by a stream bed after approx 14 km, If you get to the fire lookout you have gone too far by about 1.5km, go back, do not enter the bomb range.
 
Then turn left and follow the blaze markings to the forest road. Follow the forest road which leads SE for appox 2 Kms until you come across Raumai Road, then walk for aprox 11 Km to Bulls Township.
 

 

Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track. Take extreme care on SH3, and heading into Bulls
  • Farming operations
  • Forestry operations.
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Few water sources
Description
(North to South)

As you come out of Whanganui take No2 Line which can be accessed by the following (a) walking up Portal Street from Anzac Parade (b) Climbing the Durie Hill (355) steps to the tower at the top, or (c) taking the Durie Hill Elevator (closed xmas day). 8am-6pm Mon-Fri. 10am-5. m Sat & Sun. $2 charge. If you take the steps or elevator following Durie Street to Portal Street, which then carries on to N02 Line. Walk to Fordell, which is approx 14 kms and turn right onto Warrengate Road for approximately 4km and walk to SH3. Turn left and walk for 3km and cross the Whangaehu River Bridge. Turn right across the bridge into Whangaehu Beach Road and walk to the end. Go through the gate and carry on following the track to the beach. From Whangaehu to the Beach is approx. 8km. Turn left and walk along the beach til you get to the Turakina River (cross between markers). Check tide and cross at low tide. On the other side is a the beach settlement of Koitiata.

 Santoft Route - 18km / 7-8hr

 
Head south along the beach. Look for a marker by a stream bed after approx 14 km, If you get to the fire lookout you have gone too far by about 1.5km, go back, do not enter the bomb range.
 
Then turn left and follow the blaze markings to the forest road. Follow the forest road which leads SE for appox 2 Kms until you come across Raumai Road, then walk for aprox 11 Km to Bulls Township.
 

 

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info
Koitiata Village
Accommodation
Koitiata Camp Ground - End of Te One St, Koitiata - P: 0272816691  - Campsites (powered and unpowered) and coin-operated hot showers - your host is Diane. 
 
Bulls
Getting there/away
InterCity - P: 09 583 5780 - E: info@intercity.co.nz  
 
Local transport
Fielding Taxis - P: 06 324 0449 

Accommodation

Lancewood Lodge  - accommodation available on the trail at 170 High Street, Bulls - contact details and bookings via www.lancewoodlodge.nz .  You are also welcome to pitch your tent for $10 per person (extra charge for using facilities other than toilet).

3br self-contained cottage accommodation, 63 Johnson St (just off High St on the way into Bulls) - Mary and Paul Sharland -
P: 06 3221789 - E: paulsharland@xtra.co.nz
Homestay accommodation, 48 Brandon Hall Rd - P: Jo Gallen 027 3221040 - E: johancon@xtra.co.nz - $50/night/couple - includes bed, dinner, shower and washing machine. Tent sites and self-catering also available - please enquire
Bridge Motor Lodge and Caravan Park - Also has cabins and self contained motel units - 2 Bridge St, Bulls - P: 06 322 0894 - E: bullsmotel@infogen.net.nz

Resupply
Rangitikei Junction has a foodcourt, toilets and Four Square minimarket. 
Platts Pharmacy is open 8.30-5.30 weekdays and 9-12 Saturday.
Evening meals available at the Rangitikei Tavern.
Four Square Supermarket - 144 Bridge St - P: 06 322 1236 
The Dairy Bulls - 113 High St, Bulls - P: 06 322 1218 

 

Requirements
  • Respect private land
  • Forestry operations - Track may be closed occasionally
  • Leave gates as you find them
  • No dogs
  • No firearms
  • No fires in forest
  • Wear hi-viz clothing/pack cover and don't use headphones
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided at Koitiata
Amenities
(Start)
  • Full range of amenities in Wanganui
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Phone
  • Accommodation YHA Wanganui
Amenities
(On Route)
  • No amenities No resupply en route
  • Toilets at Koitiata
  • Basic camp site at Koitiata (with coin-operated shower)
Amenities
(End)
  • Full range of amenities in Bulls
  • Carpark
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Accommodation - backpackers, hotel & meals.
Closest Town(s)
Whanganui or Bulls
Managed by
Whanganui District Council