• Manawatu Cycleway
  • Kayaking the Rangitikei River Gorge


  • By car: 1hr from Whanganui
  • By car: 1hr 20min from Turangi

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Located on the Rangitikei River banks, Mangaweka is great place to break up your journey through New Zealand with a little adventure.

Mangaweka New Zealand is on State Highway 1, along your journey between Taupo and Wellington and is the home of rafting, kayaking, river swimming and camping. You know you are in Mangaweka when you see the iconic DC3 Aeroplane sitting alongside the main highway.

Mangaweka is right at the northern end of the Manawatu Scenic Route and the Manawatu Cycleway, part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

The local Papa Cliff Cafe serves up great coffee and classic kiwi treats, while the old main street is frozen in time and makes a great spot to wander down and get some photos.