Manawatu is off the beaten track for many - but it's packed with great scenery, driving routes ,wildlife & some of our best culture & heritage stories.
There's free wi-fi available in the CBDs of Palmerston North City and its neighbouring towns, so make sure that when you visit you check for access, download the local app (search Palmerston North iTunes) and go exploring.
Don't miss these things to do when you visit the Manawatu region.
The Country Road, Manawatu takes you off the main highways, away from heavy traffic and through diverse landscapes. Driving the Country Road is equivalent to driving the 'back roads' - but with purpose. With map in hand you can telephone ahead to organise a devonshire tea, pop in to see a boutique mill and know exactly where the best spectacular viewing points are.
In Manawatu you can create your own natural body products, go on tours to see New Zealand wildlife up-close, and experience all kinds of outdoor adventures in the mountain to sea landscape. It's a great place to get outdoors, especially on a bike.
Stories of New Zealand's heritage and culture are told well in Manawatu.
Kiwi ingenuity has given birth to some interesting forms of entertainment.
Manawatu's rural settlements are famous for their character and friendliness.