Explore the real New Zealand on The Country Road. Set in rural Manawatu, The Country Road scenic routes and experiences takes you on journeys between the highways through rural landscapes. 

These are journeys where off-the-beaten-track excursions allow you to discover hidden places and tucked away treasures ranging from convivial country cafes and pubs; heritage sites, galleries and gardens, to scenic reserves, day walks, swimming holes, glow worm caves, picnic areas, and camping spots. Meet the locals, discover man-caves of fascinating collections and enjoy world-class scenery from the roadside. 

 

The journey itself is an invitation to find that the middle of nowhere – the great New Zealand  – is actually the middle of somewhere. Within easy driving range, this ‘somewhere’ is well worth exploring. 

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3 interconnected routes make up The Country Road experience.