Take your woo-ing to the next level and try something a little bit different for your next date night. Stay in the city or go country for your next romantic escapade – there’s much to do and discover in Manawatu.

Head out to Himatangi Beach

Rugged up for fish n chips, sunset on Himatangi’s black sand beach, and a dreamy walk along the sand dunes. What’s not to love?

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Sunset at Himatangi Beach

Focal Point Cinema & Café

Screen time takes a whole new meaning when it comes to Focal Point Cinema & Café which offers plush lounge seating and a boutique dining experience. Sit back, relax and let the big screen entertain you while you enjoy wine, or coffee and your choice of delectable treats.

Focal Point Cinema in Feilding

Focal Point Cinema, Feilding

Street food and spa

Grab a bite at Saigon Corner for some authentic Vietnamese street food. Then head to the Lido Aquatic Centre and enjoy their spa pools, sauna and steam rooms for the ultimate unwind.

Vietnamese food at Saigon Corner

Saigon Corner Vietnamese Restaurant, Palmerston North

Glow worms and grub

Perfect as a day or night excursion, enjoy the awe-inspiring Limestone Creek Glow Worm Caves, about an hour’s drive from central Palmerston North city. Pack head torches, rain jackets, and a change of shoes so you can be prepared to explore the caves and then head to nearby Apiti Tavern & Eatery for some country cuisine and good company.

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Exploring Limestone Creek Glow Worm Caves

Coffee tasting

Perfect for a double date or a group, treat your tastebuds to coffee tasting at two time award-winning Arrosta Coffee Roasting and Cupping Lab.

Arrosta Coffee Roasting Co

Arrosta Coffee Roasting Co

Summerhill sights

If you’re looking for panoramic city views or a good star-gazing spot, head up to Anzac Park, also known as Te Motu-o-Poutoa – a dedicated memorial established in WWI to fallen soldiers who came from the local area and was once the site of Rangitane pa. Links to walking tracks and the Manawatu Observatory makes this a top spot for an evening under the stars.

Views from Pork Chop Hill

Anzac Park, Palmerston North

Broadways show and brews

Head out to bustling Broadway Avenue with plenty of choice for food and drinks – from crowd-pleasing Brew Union to the ever popular Haru Japanese Restaurant, you’ll be absolutely spoiled for choice. There’s also great options for theatre in the city including Regent on Broadway, Centrepoint Theatre and Abbey Musical Theatre, The Dark Room, and Globe Theatre. Make sure you check out the brilliant colour display at the clock tower in The Square along the way.

Brew Union outside entrance

Brew Union, Palmerston North

Colourful clock tower at sunset in The Square

Colourful clock tower at sunset in The Square

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