This is a great summer walk, which follows the sandy bed of Beehive Creek through a mixture of native bush and exotics. Parts of the track may be hard to follow due to flood damage. It requires several crossings of the normally shallow, gentle stream and then climbs over hilly farmland to reach the Pohangina Road.
Walkers can then return to the starting point via the road or back along the stream. There are good views of the Pohangina Valley and the Ruahine Ranges from the top of the hill section and you may see tui, kereru, fantail, bellbird and kingfisher along the way.
Beehive Creek is located on Pohangina Road, around 33 km north of Palmerston North. From Palmerston North head to Ashhurst, turn onto Pohangina Road and drive through Pohangina. The walkway begins approximately 3 km further on and is signposted.
Know before you go
The Beehive Creek Walkway is not a loop track. It can be walked in either direction, but you will need to shuttle cars if you want to avoid the 3 km stretch of road between the start and finish points. Alternatively you can begin at the creek end, walk as far as you wish and return the same way.
Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process (external site) on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.
Source: Department of Conservation