Located one hour north of Palmerston North, Mangaweka lies on the banks of the Rangitikei River. This river provides a great number of fun activities to keep you busy. Water-based activities include rafting, kayaking, jetboating and swimming. Trout fishing in the river is also good, and this can be a lovely, relaxing way to spend a day.

Other activities you can enjoy in the Mangaweka area include bungy jumping, horse trekking and hiking. Scenes for the Lord of the Rings were filmed in this area, and the local scenery is stunning.