Manawatu 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.
Only 15 minutes from city centre, Manawatu Gorge Scenic Reserve(opens in new window) 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.
Whether you’re looking for a scenic getaway, or back road adventure you’ll find yourself perfectly off-the-beaten-track on Country Road(opens in new window), in rural Manawatu. 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.
For those looking to beat their personal best, or simply enjoy an afternoon cruising with the family, Manawatu 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).
Eager to get outdoors? Looking for a gentle, and safe introduction to nature and the wild? Take the family out to Totara Reserve(opens in new window) 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.
Home to some of the most impressive art, culture and heritage collections - The Manawatu is a place of awe, and inspiration. Discover the depth of our national rugby spirit at the New Zealand Rugby Museum(opens in new window) or wander through Te Manawa(opens in new window) and engage in the stories of our past, present and future. Whether you’re a museum hopper, or a mural enthusiast... Manawatu has the gallery for you.
The Manawatu 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 Manawatu.