Te Araroais New Zealand's newest long distance hiking or tramping route, from Cape Reinga the top of the North Island, to Bluff the bottom of the South Island. The 3000 km route officially opened on December 3, 2011 after 10 years of work by hundreds of volunteers.
The trail or pathway comes right through Feilding. In fact it enters Feilding just a few metres around the corner from Aroha B&B, making it an ideal place to stop the night. What's more you can easily walk into town in 5 - 10 minutes, for a meal or fresh supplies. Guests who have walked this route, found it very comfortable and convenient place to stay.
Department of Conservation Walks including Manawatu Gorge Walk
There are a whole range of different walks in the region, provided and maintained by the Department of Conservation. Click here to see them all. Perhaps the best known one is the Manawatu Gorge Walk. It is only about a 15 - 20 minute drive from Aroha B&B to the start of the Manawatu Gorge Walk. There are walks of varying lengths in the gorge, with lookout platforms and lovely views. It is also very interesting to get up so close to the windmills. For more information and a video about the Gorge Walk click here.
Iron Gates Gorge
It is a one hour, very pretty drive from Aroha B&B to the carpark of the Iron Gates Gorge track. This is another lovely hike for a day outing. This is not a DOC walk but it maintained to a good standard by local volunteers. It is recommended to do this walk in summer.
Mt Lees Reserve
For those wanting a short bush walk close to town, Mt Lees Reserve is ideal. It is particularly lovely in spring when the field in front of the homestead is covered in daffodils. It is a very nice bike ride from Aroha B&B to Mt Lees.