Manawatu and Whanganui, New Zealand’s heartland

With a landscape that sweeps from sea to Tararua Ranges, the Manawatu and Whanganui region is made up of remote forests, lush green hills and tussock beaches. Whanganui and Palmerston North are its larger and better-known cities but it is also home to small and beautiful town of Fielding and Levin. With its rich Maori and European heritage, and welcoming country towns, it is ideal for travellers who want to get off the beaten track and enjoy an authentic New Zealand outdoor experience.

Cool facts

  • The Bridge to Nowhere was originally built to access a planned settlement in Whanganui National Park, but the location proved so remote, the venture was abandoned and the forest closed in.
  • The Sarjeant Art Gallery’s architecture is so beautiful, it has the highest possible listing under the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Act that protects the building.

Must do's

  • Take a canoe, kayak or jet boat trip along the Whanganui River, into the spectacular Whanganui National Park. The Whanganui Journey is listed as one of the nine “Great Walks” of New Zealand.
  • Visit the Durie Hill Elevator in Whnganui, New Zealand’s only public underground elevator and one of only two in the world.
  • Raft the rapids of the mighty Rangitikei River.
  • Visit the shipwreck at Waitarere Beach in Levin.

Manawatu-Whanganui Accommodation

  • Bassingers Motor Lodge

    Bassingers Motor Lodge, Levin Motels & Motor Lodges

    Bassingers Motor Lodge is a Qualmark 4-star plus self-contained & serviced motel in Levin. 12 superbly appointed spacious units, some with spa baths....

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  • Whanganui River TOP 10 Holiday Park

    Whanganui River TOP 10 Holiday Park, Wanganui Holiday Parks & Camping Grounds

    Whanganui River TOP 10 Holiday Park is set right on the banks of the Whanganui River. Our park is large and spacious with plenty to do to entertain...

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  • Drovers Motor Inn

    Drovers Motor Inn, Palmerston North Motels & Motor Lodges

    Located in the suburb of Terrace End, the Drovers Motor Inn offers a variety of well-presented apartments and suites to suit your individual needs and...

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  • Bentons Motel

    Bentons Motel, Levin Motels & Motor Lodges

    Bentons Motel is a Qualmark 4-star Self-contained & Serviced motel in Levin. It has 9 self-contained Art Deco-style units which are serviced daily and...

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  • Bassingers Motor Lodge

    Bassingers Motor Lodge, Levin Motels & Motor Lodges

    Bassingers Motor Lodge is a Qualmark 4-star plus self-contained & serviced motel in Levin. 12 superbly appointed spacious units, some with spa baths....

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  • Aztec Motel

    Aztec Motel, Palmerston North Motels & Motor Lodges

    Aztec Motel offers motel accommodation in Palmerston North, Manawatu. Motel accommodation on offer includes 16 ground floor units that are serviced...

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Manawatu-Whanganui Activites

  • New Zealand Rugby Museum

    New Zealand Rugby Museum, Palmerston North Museums

    Visitors to the New Zealand Rugby Museum will see a unique, world class collection that includes the first fern, the oldest All Black jersey and rugby...

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  • Tarata Fishaway Lodge

    Tarata Fishaway Lodge, Taihape Family Attractions

    We are very lucky to have a piece of New Zealand's natural beauty. Tarata is nestled in bush in the remote Mokai Valley where the picturesque...

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  • Waiwhenua Farmstay & Annie's Cottage

    Waiwhenua Farmstay & Annie's Cottage, Hastings Bed & Breakfasts

    The perfect place to experience a genuine farmstay & friendly rural hospitality at Annies or The Fishermans Cottage at Waiwhenua. Experience a 440ha...

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