The Landsdowne Trail (Fourth Street, Masterton) is 5.1km in length and part of approx. 15km of interconnected Recreational Trails throughout urban Masterton, popular with walkers, cyclists, and runners.
The track has great views of Masterton, the Tararua Ranges and a hidden lake which looks spectacular in autumn and a great place to have a picnic with the kids.
Enter the Landsdowne Trail at Fourth Street, off State Highway 2 on the north side of Masterton, at the Manuka Reserve, or at Milford Downs.
Enter from Colombo Road or Te Ore Ore Road; parking available at both entrances. The park has a network of limed trails throughout suitable for walking or biking, and also suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
At the south of the park, an extensive area of wetlands is home to a large amount of birdlife, as is the lake itself. Towers in the wetland area give fantastic views of the wildlife. The lake is a dog walker’s paradise with many residents and tourists using the space to exercise their dogs. Near the Colombo Road entrance, there is a children’s play area. Near the Te Ore Ore entrance there are communal BBQs available for the general public to use.
On the lake, a number of activities take place throughout the year, including waka ama, dragon boating, and motorised model boating.
Enter from Colombo Road car park, or commence at the start on Akura Road, near the railway station. The trail is wheelchair accessible.
The Waipoua River Trail is a picturesque limestone pathway that winds its way along the banks of the Waipoua River.
The trail makes the perfect family adventure for all ages. It crosses an historic swing bridge into Queen Elizabeth Park, where you’ll find a children’s playground, mini-putt, skatepark, cricket oval and more. The park is peppered with stunning trees and plenty of picnic spots, and is close to the nearby deer park.