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.
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.
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.