Visiting Te Apiti
The project team continues to work hard on the assessment of the short listed options for the SH3 alternative route. There is no substantive update on the work this week so we would like to share this message which we received from our colleagues at the Department of Conservation.
“Although SH3 through the Manawatū Gorge is closed, Te Apiti – Manawatū Gorge is still one of the best places in the region to visit. Recreational activities include several bush walks with a range of options from a 1km stroller friendly loop to the full 11km traverse, a mountain bike trail, plus freedom camping, fishing, swimming and a designated BBQ area at Ferry Reserve.
During your visit keep an eye out for native species such as ruru (morepork), korimako (bellbird), kereru (New Zealand pigeon), miromiro (tomtit) and kārearea (New Zealand falcon). The Big Slip Lookout Track and Lookout area are closed for safety reasons. All other walking tracks in the Manawatū Gorge are open and can be accessed from either the Ashhurst or Woodville ends. To find out more, visit www.teapiti.com.”
Meanwhile, our assessment of the four short listed options for the SH3 alternative route is progressing well. We will confirm a preferred approach for the Manawatū Gorge alternative route by mid-December.
You can find more information about the project on our website at www.nzta.govt.nz/manawatu-gorge.