Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Natural Playground for Students


A diverse network of trails from City to country are prominent within the outskirts of Manawatu and the surrounding neighborhoods, including one of New Zealand’s “Great Rides”, the Manawatu Cycle Way, as part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network.

Incredible nature

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

Adventure & Outdoor

Adventure awaits you in Manawatu with white-water rafting, horse riding, four wheel driving and kite surfing on offer for adrenaline junkies.

Outdoor pursuits include bush walks, hikes up mountains and multi-day tramps with friends. Hunting, trout fishing and coastal catches make for a tasty playground.

Skiing & Snowboarding

North Island’s largest ski fields, Turoa and Whakapapa, boast Australasia’s longest vertical descent. With over 65 accessible trails, across more than 1,050 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.

Avid Explorer

There are many places to discover which are a convenient distance from Palmerston North City including Wellington (NZ’s capital city), Taupo, Napier, New Plymouth, and Martinborough.