Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge, New Zealand

Welcome to New Zealand's most beautiful, natural playground. Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge is a landmark of awe-inspiring legend, geographical magnificence, and cultural wealth.


The scenic divide between two mountain ranges (Tararua and Ruahine) that border the Manawatu Region, Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge is a magnificent geographical structure formed over thousands of years by the Manawatu River. It is the only place in New Zealand where a river begins its journey on the opposite side of the main divide to where it joins the sea. With its native bush and wildlife, Te Apiti is a time capsule that preserves the bush that once covered the Manawatu, a place frozen in time.

A land stepped in legend. A land shrouded in myth. A land of the people. It doesn’t matter how you experience its wonders, by foot, by rail or water, the only thing that matters, is that you experience it for yourself. To experience Te Apiti, is to experience the spirit of a region.

Walking tracks take visitors into the lush green forest on the southern side of the gorge, walking over an undulating landscape, over bridged streams and under a dense tree top canopy to the soundtrack of native birds. Kayakers, rafters and the local jet-boat operator can all be seen gliding through the gorge on the glassy river, dwarfed by the imposing cliffs yet held high on a torrent of swiftly moving water. Reserves at both ends of the gorge offer camping and safe swimming spots, while the eastern side holds hidden a quirky café serving local cuisine, and the local horse-trek operator with his sleek stallions awaiting their next adventure.

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Manawatu Gorge
New Zealand