Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Central Playground

New Zealand is proud of its natural environment, and the Manawatu Region is in a prime central location, based in the heart of the lower North Island. Palmerston North City offers the perks of urban living, whilst still being able to enjoying the surrounding natural landscape of rural New Zealand. In addition to the excellent public parks and variety of exciting activities offered within our Region, we are also well located to access ski fields, vineyards and the great outdoors.

Out and About

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Cycling – A diverse network of trails from city to country are prominent within the outskirts of Manawatu and the surrounds.  This includes one of New Zealand’s Cycle Touring Routes, the Manawatu Cycle Way on The Country Road, as part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail. Palmerston North City is also a cycle-safe city, making it an avid cyclist’s paradise.

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Incredible nature – Awe-inspiring volcanoes, wild west coast beaches, dramatic gorges like the Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge and Iron Gates Gorge, and wildlife sanctuaries in the surrounding landscape give unique and personal nature experiences. For nature enthusiasts, this is a fantastic opportunity to explore.

Hunting & Fishing – Outdoor pursuits include native bush walks, mountain hikes and multi-day tramps with friends. Hunting, trout fishing and coastal catches make for a tasty playground.

Adventure – White-water rafting, horse riding, four wheel driving and bungee jumping offers adrenaline junkies a thrill.

Skiing – North Island’s largest ski fields at Turoa and Whakapapa boast Australasia’s longest vertical descent. With over 65 accessible trails, across more than 1050 hectares of pristine snow the North Island makes winter wonderland wishes come true. Ohakune is “ski central”, and only 160 kms from Palmerston North City.

Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge – A scenic divide between the mountain ranges of Tararua and Ruahine, bordering the Manawatu Region. People of all ages will enjoy the stunning nature and variety of experiences offered here, from hiking and walking to kayaking, camping, horse trekking and more.

Day Trips

One of the great adventures of living in Palmerston North City and Manawatu is the ability to enjoy all the perks of urban living, surrounded by a great rural lifestyle. Our prime central location in the heart of the North Island means we are within two hours of Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields, Hawke’s Bay and Martinborough vineyards, the Whanganui River experience, and the coolest little capital, Wellington.

Mt. Ruapehu – North Island’s largest ski fields, Turoa and Whakapapa, boast Australasia’s longest vertical descent. With over 65 accessible trails, across more than 1050 hectares of pristine snow, the North Island makes winter wonderland wishes come true. Ohakune is “ski central”, and only 160 kms from Palmerston North City.

Whanganui River Experience – With the Whanganui River flowing through it, Whanganui has maintained its roots and heritage, and is home to an outstanding collection of artists, as well as the iconic school of arts. Whanganui National Park is an outdoor playground of epic proportions where you can jet boat, kayak or cruise on a paddle steamer to discover the serene natural surroundings steeped in history and culture.

Kapiti Island – One of the most precious and iconic nature reserves in New Zealand where nature enthusiasts can observe rare birds that are not present on the mainland.

New Plymouth & Taranaki – Climb to the top of Mt Taranaki in the stunning Egmont National Park, and interact with the wildlife in the Brooklands Zoo. Enjoy the diverse arts scene in New Plymouth or surf at one of the many beaches.

Taupo – Taupo is located on the shore of Lake Taupo. Taupo is a picturesque getaway that offers a great place to base yourself for a weekend of adventure, relaxing or indulgence, with world class trout fishing in the fresh water lake and adjoining rivers, and fast paced adrenaline activities.

Wellington – The capital of New Zealand is an artistic hub filled with culture, arts and music. This harbour side city offers a diverse and vibrant city escape, with a busy events scene to pick and choose from.

Martinborough Vineyards – Rural sophistication and home to a world-class wine village, Martinborough is charming with gourmet delights and award winning food and wine. Their festivals are a great experience for gourmet food and wine connoisseurs.

Napier & Hawke’s Bay Wine Country – The centre of the Hawke’s Bay Wine Country, this seaside city is renowned for its concentration of restored art deco buildings. For those passionate in wine and art, this is the perfect destination to learn, taste and indulge.