Himatangi Beach's population swells from 600 to several thousand in the summer months as holiday makers flock to this pleasant beach. This is also the local beach for those from Feilding, Palmerston North and the Manawatu District.

There are various activities to do here including boating, fishing, bird watching and sailing. South of Himatangi, the Tararua Ranges And Forest Park provides excellent hiking, hunting and fishing.