Located in the lower North Island, Manawatū has dramatic coastlines, beautiful rolling countryside and ancient native bush - all doable between lunch in the city and beer o’clock.

Manawatū means “heart standing still’, and it's easy to see why with its vast scenic landscapes, famous gorge where the river carves its own path and the mountain ranges - Ruahine and Tararua - stand tall.

What is there to do in Manawatū?


The city of Palmerston North, is where you’ll find world class lattes, food to die for and enough shopping to get the heart pumping. Take to museum hopping at Te Manawa(opens in new window) and the New Zealand Rugby Museum(opens in new window), or let your creative side shine on the Coastal Arts Trail(opens in new window).

Catch a breath on the He Ara Kotahi Riverside Pathway(opens in new window) and stop off at the Wildbase Recovery Centre(opens in new window) in Victoria Esplanade. Once you lift the lid on the kids' activities, they’ll never want to leave!

Shannon, Manawatū


The Manawatū Scenic Route(opens in new window) is where waterfalls, swimming holes and lookouts are your mandatory rest stops. It’s where locals are friendly and full of character. It’s where rural retreats have the most rewarding views. Don’t miss horse treks at high altitude, country pub hospitality, as well as gardens and heritage collections galore.  


Get your blood pumping and harness the elements. Whether that’s rafting down the Rangitīkei River(opens in new window), shredding some trails, treading our tracks or chipping your way around our golf courses. You’ll find all the views are good here. 

Pohangina Valley, Manawatū

Experience Te Āpiti - Manawatū Gorge 

Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge(opens in new window) is  an iconic landmark of cultural significance. Ancient native bush and thriving birdlife is connected through a network of walking and mountain bike trails. Learn about the rich cultural history and come face-to-face with the sculpture of Whātonga, an ancient Māori Warrior. 

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