The Manawatu is heartland New Zealand. A landscape that sweeps from the sea to the Tararua Ranges, it offers an exciting range of adventure activities.
Choose from rafting, kayaking, blokarting, horse trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing and a host of other activities.
If you want to experience country life, it’s all around you. Go to a real stock auction. This is where the farmers buy and sell their farm animals, gathering around pens as the auctioneer rattles off bids. Stock auctions are one of New Zealand’s oldest traditions, dating back to the 1880s. Or you could find a farmstay and meet farmers whose families have been on the land for generations.
There's a great diversity of attractions in Manawatu. In the vibrant student city of Palmerston Northyou can explore the world’s first museum devoted to rugby. If you’re a garden lover there are some fabulous public and private gardens to see, including one of the top rose gardens in the world. And a little way down the road around Horowhenua you’ll find such quirky attractions as an owl park, a farm devoted to Clydesdales and a fully operational Dutch windmill.
- Palmerston North Airport offers regular daily flights to all main New Zealand ports including well-timed business flights.
- State Highway 1 and the Overlander rail service run directly through the Manawatu, Rangitikei and Horowhenua districts.
- Time your visit to coincide with a key annual event.
- The people of this region are very welcoming and genuinely interested in meeting international visitors.