Puketapu Hill and the old course of the Whanganui River


Walk around the bend! Hundreds of years ago Puketapu Hill stood at the end of a long narrow-necked peninsula, forcing the river to flow in almost a complete circle around it. Get your boots on and check it out!
  • Pack a picnic and head up the track to admire the view.
  • See the old course of the Whanganui River.
  • Learn about the wonderful native plants that call this place home  – pink, prickly, tropical.

Get ready

Download the Atene Skyline Track adventure map (PDF, 3,083K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there: Start at the Atene Viewpoint Walk car park about 1 km north of the Atene settlement on the Whanganui River Road. This is the northern entrance of a loop track that has road ends 2 km apart.

Time needed: 2 hr to viewpoint, 8 hr for loop track

Claim your reward

Tell us the Atene Skyline Track code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

Atene Skyline Track

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