Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Living in Rural Manawatu


Palmerston North to Aokautere less than 6km
People living in Aokautere enjoy a scenic little valley and a strong community spirit. Located on the other side of the Manawatu River from Palmerston North, Aokautere offers country living and a close proximity to the hustle and bustle of the largest city in Manawatu. It is a complete community with its own school, church and community hall.


Palmerston North to Linton 14 km
Home to Linton Army Camp - New Zealand’s biggest army camp – Linton is located close to the City but within it’s own rural landscape. It offers a significant urban area with many residents enjoying the spacious and quiet living at an affordable cost. The camp offers all the conveniences of a main town, including schools and childcare facilities.


Palmerston North to Kimbolton 44km
Known as the garden-paradise of Manawatu due to its fantastic soil and growing conditions, Kimbolton is home to the world-class Cross Hills Rhododendron Gardens, and the stunning Heritage Park Rhododendron Gardens. Be sure to stop in at Hansen's Cafe and Store for a bite to eat and a yummy coffee or pop in to the local tavern at Kimbolton Hotel and check out the beautiful community reserve! With stunning views out and over the surrounding region; this high-altitude village is a must-visit on your travels.

Pohangina Valley

Palmerston North to Pohangina Village 25km
The picturesque Pohangina Valley evolves dramatically as you head north. Lush, green clad terraces frame the river, whilst the Ruahine Ranges form a dramatic backdrop. Visit the winery, explore heritage collections, discover hidden swimming holes and glow worm caves and immerse your soul in one of Manawatu’s most scenic places. The local community in Pohangina Village are close knit and welcoming, making it an ideal place for families to base themselves while enjoying a fantastic rural lifestyle.


Palmerston North to Sanson 20km
Situated at a pivotal crossroad where State Highways 1 and 3 meet, Sanson is a popular stop-off point for crafts and antiques enthusiasts. Located within a stones throw from Ohakea Airforce Base, Sanson is a popular choice for many servicemen with families and is only 15 minutes drive from Feilding. Every Sunday rain or shine, Manawatu resident’s head to Sanson to buy locally grown fresh farm produce as well as arts, crafts and collectables at a weekly market. Sanson is home to the Manawatu Blokart Club and race track, and has a wide array of community activities and initiatives.


Palmerston North to Rangiwahia 69km
Rangiwahia is an area characterised by ancient native bush, lush pastures, hidden glow-worm caves and breathtaking clay cliffs. Known as the gateway to the Ruahine Ranges, Rangiwahia is located within easy reach of many iconic bush walks and river activities. Predominately a farming community, Rangiwahia has a rich agricultural heritage.


Palmerston North to Apiti 59km
Located at a high altitude, Apiti is a charming rural village with a thriving community heart, local pub and primary school. Many families have been farming here for generations, and the community is well known for it’s welcoming hospitality. Apiti is said to have the best Anzac Day celebrations in the region, and possibly the North Island, such is the community spirit and collaboration here.


Palmerston North to Rongotea 16km
Rongotea is a small township with a friendly rural atmosphere. Rongotea School goes through to year eight and the Te Kawau play centre provides learning and fun for the younger ones. In spring, residents and visitors to the town admire the beautiful cherry trees that blossom vibrantly on every street in the town. The Te Kawau Memorial Recreation Centre is a real asset to the area and is the home of Te Kawau Rugby as well as community meetings and events.

Himatangi Beach

Palmerston North to Himatangi Beach 32km
This charming seaside village is home to one of the largest sand dune fields in the southern hemisphere. Typical of the wild west coast, the rugged landscape of this beach is beautiful, and offers good swimming, fishing, walking and more. Get some fish 'n’ chips at the local store and picnic on the beach while watching the sunset. With a mix of permanent residents and holiday homes, this community is friendly and welcoming, and is home to many community groups and clubs. The local holiday park is award winning, and makes for a nice close weekend getaway.