Alice and Ken had been living in Wellington when a job opportunity in Manawatū made them research what their lives could look like here.

Alice, a doctor, says they were immediately drawn to the affordability of homes and what kind of home they could buy compared to the older, damp homes within their price range that they’d been looking at in Wellington. A warm, dry home was a must for them and their three young children.

“The opportunity to have a warm dry home with plenty of space indoors and out, to save money for trips we want to do, to spend more time involved in activities for pleasure rather than revolving around work/commute meant moving to Palmerston North was a no-brainer,” says Alice.

Watch the full story to find out what moving to Manawatū has meant for their family.

We asked Alice…

What are your favourite spots to grab a bite to eat in Manawatu?

“We’re all about food! The Fat Farmer for casual sharing plates. Arranged Marriage and Saigon Corner for Indian and Vietnamese, Amayjen in Feilding for an amazing degustation or seasonal fine dining – it’s incredible!”

What about to drink?

“The Fat Farmer again, BABCO for coffee, Little Savanna and Brew Union

What do you love to do?

“Hike around Te Apiti – Manawatū Gorge, bike the Manawatū River Pathway, take a picnic and go swimming at Memorial Park, head out to Foxton for a beach day!”

Have we convinced you yet?

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Manawatū Region

Facts & Figures

Total Population

119,600

Average House Price

$409,288

Average Weekly Rent

$315

Average Salary

$55,526

Parks & Reserves

196

Cafes & Restaurants

168