Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Manawatu Region


Whether you like to explore the great outdoors, admire the beauty of artwork, or devour a perfectly brewed coffee, the Manawatu is ready to show what it’s made of. Feel the wind in your hair on the west coast beaches, or take shelter in the stunning native bush of the Ruahine Ranges. You can hit the ground running on one of the many cycling, mountain biking or walking tracks, and even the most avid adrenaline junkie will be satisfied with bungee jumping, white water rafting and kite surfing on offer.

For the cultured among us, the region is dotted with galleries and historical collections waiting to be discovered and explored, while country pubs, boutique shops and rambling gardens offer a relaxed day of meandering and meeting the locals. So, what are you waiting for? Come and discover the playground of Manawatu.

Local Highlights

Kimbolton – 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 yummy coffee! With stunning views out and over the surrounding region, this high-altitude village is a must-visit on your travels.

Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge – Welcome to New Zealand’s most beautiful, natural playground, a land shrouded in myth, and a land of the people. It doesn’t matter how you experience its wonders – by foot, by rail or by water, the only thing that matters, is that you experience its spirit for yourself. With its native bush and wildlife, Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge is a time capsule that preserves the bush that once covered the Manawatu, a place frozen in time.

Iron Gates Gorge Walk – This newly formed track is set in the Ruahine Ranges and is scenic walk down to the iconic and stunning Iron Gates Gorge, a narrow chasm where the Oroua River squeezes between the walls of sheer-sided cliffs as it leaves behind its remote backcountry headwaters and spills into farmland on its way to the sea.

Pohangina Valley – The picturesque Pohangina Valley evolves dramatically as you head north. Lush, green clad terraces frame the river, whilst the Ruahine Ranges from 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.

Himatangi Beach – 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.

Manawatu – Overview Map

Regional Map 2014-01Discover Manawatu, a region full of friendly locals, places to explore and things to see and do on your holiday. Click to enlarged map…