Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Top Manawatu Experiences

The Scenic Drive – Skip the main highways and go on an adventure where you’ll be greeted by friendly locals, hidden gems and scenic landscapes. The Manawatu Scenic Route, part of The Country Road, takes you on a journey through stunning landscapes where you’ll discover secret swimming holes and country pubs, lush gardens and fascinating heritage collections, camping spots and so much more.


Download  The Country Road – Manawatu’s Official Visitor Guide


Motorsport Mayhem –  Experience the thrill and drama of racing action at the Robertson Holden International Speedway as drivers fight it out for the top placing at Arena Manawatu.
Manfeild Park is home to the longest motor racing circuit with uninterrupted views in the Southern Hemisphere and hosts a constant stream of action packed events including the NZ Grand Prix.


Wild West Coast – Feel the wind in your hair at Himatangi Beach! This small seaside town 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 gnarled yet beautiful, and makes an ideal place to enjoy a picnic or a tasty feed of fish ‘n’ chips to keep it kiwi.


Gardeners Heaven – The Manawatu Region has a stunning and diverse collection of gardens, wetlands and parks. From award winning public gardens, rambling country estates right through to small cottage gardens and quarter acre havens.


Foodie Haven – You’ll find you are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out in Palmerston North City & Manawatu. From country pubs and cosy cafe’s to award winning restaurants and bars. Broadway Ave will take your tastebuds on tour of the world with it’s fantastic offering of authentic ethnic cuisines.


Golfers Are Go – Discover why Manawatu is truly a golfer’s paradise, with a range of courses from an 18-hole course alongside the Hokowhitu Lagoon to a renowned three level course that comes complete with a cable car and panoramic views of sheer white papa cliffs that tower the Rangitikei River.


Heritage Delights – Manawatu is home to an incredible array of historic collections and heritage trails. Check out:
Feilding & District Steam Rail Museum
Luttrell’s White Pine Gardens and Museum
The Coachhouse Museum
Ruapuna Park & Museum
The Steam Traction Society

Pick up the Heritage Trail Brochure from the i-SITE to explore the city’s historical landmarks and buildings, or ask for a list of the various antique and vintage stores scattered around Manawatu.






Please note this information should be used as a guide only.  To help ensure your safety we advise you review our safety page and contact the individual provider for up to date information on their compliance with all Health and Safety and regulatory requirements.