Manawatu is heartland New Zealand and has a number of fascinating museum attractions.
For rugby fans, the New Zealand Rugby Museum is a rare treat. Home to a huge collection of some of the world’s most unique rugby artefacts, the museum features detailed coverage of the emergence of New Zealand as a rugby superpower. You can also test your rugby skills in the ‘Have a Go’ area – what are your tackling skills like? If rugby’s not your thing, head to Te Manawa - Manawatu's innovative museum of art, science and history featuring changing exhibitions and exciting events. There's also a range of smaller, boutique museums to visit in and around the Palmerston North area.