Top things to do in Manawatū

Manawatū is packed with some great scenery, driving routes, and wildlife. It's no wonder some of the countries richest culture & heritage stories come from here.

1. Tee off on a picturesque golf course

With a long, and proud golfing history, you won’t struggle to find the perfect course for you in Manawatū, from Rangatira Golf Club overlooking the beautiful Rangitikei River to the historic Manawatū Golf Club - the oldest golf course in New Zealand.

2. Hike, bike or swim in a scenic reserve

Only 15 minutes from city centre, Manawatū Gorge Scenic Reserve is a great place to experience native New Zealand bush and wildlife. The reserve is an adventure haven with walking, hiking and biking tracks. If you’re looking for something different, why not try horse trekking? Cool off with a swim at one of the swimming spots, and enjoy an evening under the stars camping.

3. Go off the beaten track

Whether you’re looking for a scenic getaway, or back road adventure you’ll find yourself perfectly off-the-beaten-track on Country Road, in rural Manawatū. Enjoy world-class scenery, and tucked away treasures as you travel through highways, and rural landscapes - The Country Road is your direct route to discovery.  

4. Embark on a cycling adventure

For those looking to beat their personal best, or simply enjoy an afternoon cruising with the family, Manawatū has plenty of cycle adventures. With a great range of rides for all abilities, grab a bike, and enjoy the best road, coastal and country adventures the region has to offer. Find more information here(opens in new window).(opens in new window)

5. Be introduced to nature

Eager to get outdoors? Looking for a gentle, and safe introduction to nature and the wild? Take the family out to Totara Reserve located 40 km out of the Palmerston North hustle, and bustle. Enjoy a day of exploring a variety of walking tracks, swimming areas, picnic spots and camping grounds.

6. New Zealand Rugby Museum

Home to some of the most impressive art, culture and heritage collections - The Manawatū is a place of awe, and inspiration. Discover the depth of our national rugby spirit at the New Zealand Rugby Museum or wander through Te Manawa and engage in the stories of our past, present and future. Whether you’re a museum hopper, or a mural enthusiast... Manawatū has the gallery for you.

7. Admire the natural flora

The Manawatū shines as a flora destination from its diverse variety of gardens(opens in new window), wetlands and reserves right through to the award-winning sites, small boutique gardens, and quarter acre wonderlands. If you’re a passionate gardener, or just love the outdoors there is a place for you to wander, wondrously in the Manawatū.

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