Peep-o-Day Route

Scenic Journeys - 60km

Aptly named after Peep-o-Day, which is the first place in northern Manawatu to see the morning sun, this scenic route cuts in off State Highway 1 and travels through sweeping valleys.


Watch the landscape evolve as you travel past ranges, dramatic limestone cliffs, lush farmland and historical buildings and monuments. Starting from Cheltenham in the South and linking through to Mangaweka in the North, Peep-O-Day Route follows through the high altitude village of Kimbolton, which is a gardener’s delight – home to several world-class gardens, including Cross Hills. Travel past historical monuments, rural villages, hidden swimming spots and magical viewing points, Peep-o-Day route takes through stunning yet the often unseen landscape of rural Manawatu. Between Rangiwahia and Apiti, make the most of Iron Gates Experience with some great local knowledge and experiences. 



Ohingaiti, Wildfern Café & Bar – This is a must stop on your journey, where the welcome is warm and the food is tasty.

Rangiwahia Bush Reserve Walk - Experience native NZ bush and learn the various native tree names.

Rangiwahia Domain & Campground - Tennis court, restrooms and a dump-station make for an ideal camping spot in scenic surrounds.

Rangiwahia - A charming village from yesteryear.

Peep-o-Day Point - This lookout point is the first place to see the sun in this area, and inspired the route name.

Kimbolton - This charming village is set high atop mountain ranges, and is known for its lovely gardens.

Cross Hills Gardens & Cafe - Explore the park-like, world renowned Rhododendron gardens perched at high altitude.

Hansens Café & Store – A peaceful and inviting atmosphere. Fresh food made in-house including vegetarian and gluten free options, as well as gourmet pizzas!

Apiti - This charming rural village is the gateway to the Ruahine Ranges, and is home to Apiti Bar & Grill.

Cheltenham Hotel - Stop in and enjoy a meal with the locals at ‘The Chelty’, one of NZ's best country pubs.

Cheltenham - A charming rural village set amongst the agricultural plains and sweeping mountain ranges.

Almadale Scenic Reserve - Take a picnic and go for a swim. ,

Feilding - Finish in Friendly Feilding, winner of New Zealand's most beautiful town award 14 times!