Back Track

Grade: 4
Length: 4.2km


Built: Is an old paper road that is part of the Te Araroa Walkway which has reverted back to a nice natural 4wd drive road climb through native bush.  


Getting There: Accessed by veering right after crossing black bridge at the end of Kahuterawa Rd.


Trail Description:  A two way trail open to bikers and walkers only, be aware of oncoming bikers and particularly in Summer, there are lots of walkers passing through as it is part of the Te Araroa National Walkway.

The trail is a nice uphill climb to the Scotts rd carpark, the surface is rocky and there are 4 creek crossings on the way up which can make your feet wet if there has been a lot of rain.  The first part climbs through a gully of native bush before opening out above farmland which gives a nice view back to where you started, this is a good spot to take a breather on the seat kindly provided by the PN City Council.  The second half of the track sidles around the hill gaining elevation at a lesser rate.  This part of the track has a fun short downhill section before the last climb to the top.  Back track is only open to bikers and walkers so no need to worry about motorbikes or 4wds.


Getting Out: Back track exits to the Scotts Rd carpark at the top or black bridge at the bottom.

Jemma Cheer

Jemma Cheer, 20 Grey Street, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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