The Manawatu is one of New Zealand’s traditional rural heartlands with scenic valleys, spectacular gorges, pastoral farmland and coastal beaches waiting to be explored. You’ll find plenty of opportunity to indulge in adventure, with kayaking, rafting, fishing, bridge swinging, bungy jumping, hiking, horse trekking, 4WD safaris and motor racing among the many outdoor activities. Palmerston North is the heart of the Manawatu and well placed for exploring the region’s great outdoors, which includes the spectacular Manawatu Gorge and its adventure activities.

To the north-west of Palmerston lies historic Wanganui city, overlooking the mouth of Whanganui River. As you travel, you’ll discover the country character and hospitality of the Manuwatu’s friendly rural townships, including Bulls, Feilding, Hunterville, Levin, Mangaweka, Marton, Pahiatua, Pohangina, Sanson and Shannon. Enjoy the gardens of Feilding, ride a steam engine at Tokomaru, cruise aboard an historic paddleboat at Wanganui, or head out to the coast and enjoy the lovely beaches at Waitarere and Himatangi.