The Whanganui-Manawatū section of Te Araroa Trail is famous for its long, boring slogs along road verges. Laurel Stowell spoke to trail chief executive Mark Weatherall who wants to change that..

Te Araroa Trail, which runs for 3000km, covering the length of the country from Cape Reinga to Bluff is designed to be mostly offroad.

The popular trail brings hundreds of tourists through Whanganui each year but since it officially opened in 2011 those leaving Whanganui have hit a snag.

The trail comes down the Whanganui River but after it reaches the city, walkers face almost 30km of road walking;