Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Cycle Touring

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore New Zealand with scenic touring routes that showcase the very best of New Zealand’s landscape, environment, culture and heritage. Discover the Manawatu region and our spectacular scenery through the Manawatu Cycle Way, part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

Manawatu Cycle Way

The 115-kilometre Manawatu Cycle Way weaves its way from Mangaweka to Palmerston North City, providing cyclists with a two-day trip set against the region’s unique rural landscape. This off-the-beaten-track takes you on a journey 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.

With a variety of accommodation providers, such as bed and breakfasts, campsites and boutique lodges, there are many ways to experience this multi day ride. The last 8km stretch into Palmerston North City takes you along the Manawatu Riverside Pathway, a gentle, undulating limestone path that follows the Manawatu River into Palmerston North City. From here, cyclists can opt to stay and enjoy the City for a night or two, or continue on to the Wairarapa via the Tararua Traverse.

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Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

For more information visit Adventure Smart