Iron Gates Gorge

Visit the headwaters of the Oroua River in the Ruahine Ranges as it speeds up through a narrow gorge between sheer rock walls.

A comfortable day walk and a true wilderness experience.  The track to the Gorge leaves from the Petersen's Road car park and follows an old logging road through farmland to the forest park boundary, and then on to the footbridge over the Umutoi Stream, before gently climbing a low saddle between the Stream and the Oroua River. 

The wooden footbridge over the stream was built by the New Zealand Army Engineers in 1980 and replaces the earlier wire and mesh swing bridge.

From just below the low saddle between the two valleys, walkers have the option of making a short detour to visit Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge, which is well worth the effort.  This new lodge has expansive views and is a great rest stop before continuing on the journey.

For further details on the walk and surrounding attractions see www.irongates.co.nz or www.manawatunz.co.nz/walk-hike

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