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Only a few hours North of Wellington, Manawatu is made up of a range of rural towns that surround the City of Palmerston North, and has a wide diversity of attractions for your clients.

Palmerston North City and Manawatu offers the right mix of activities to suit most travellers, with the contrasting landscape sweeping from rugged mountain ranges and down through valleys of green, and out to the west coast beaches. The region boasts an eclectic mix of world-class heritage collections including the New Zealand Rugby Museum – a nod to our nations favourite past time. Palmerston North City features art galleries, urban sculptures and boutiques and award winning street scaping, which complement the colourful array of cafes and dinning options. You can hit the ground running on one of the many cycling, mountain biking or walking tracks, and even the most avid adrenaline junkie will be satisfied with bungee jumping, white water rafting, horse trekking and blokarting on offer.
 
Whether you like to explore the great outdoors, admire the beauty of artwork, or devour a perfectly brewed coffee, the Manawatu is ready to show what it’s made of.
 

The Best of Manawatu

  • MuseumsThe Coach House Museum showcases rural New Zealand and its heritage whilst the Rugby Museum highlights everything about New Zealand’s national game. Te Manawa is the only musuem in New Zealand to incorporate science, art and history in one complex.
  • Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge – Experience New Zealand’s native ancient bush at its best. Take to the tracks of Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge on foot, mountain bike, or horseback, and camp, fish or kayak on the river below. 
  • AdventureMokai Gravity Canyon allows clients to jump the North Island's highest bungy, or take a flying fox or gravity swing, or go white water rafting on the Rangitikei River.
  • Tui Brewery –Home to one of  New Zealand's most iconic brews, the famous Tui Brewery lets clients taste the beer, hear the story firsthand and see the brewery in action.
  • Wildlife parkOwlcatraz houses native birds and offers a guided tour of the animals. The purpose built owl enclosure lets you get up close while learning the legends of this mysterious bird.

Further Information

Videos on the Region and other New Zealand Regions
Manawatu Regional Tourism Organisation (Destination Manawatu)
Find an i-SITES Visitor Information Centre
www.newzealand.com (Manawatu)

Climate & Weather:

December

Summer

AVG High

22 °C / 71.6 °F

AVG Low

13 °C / 55.4 °F

June

Winter

AVG High

13 °C/ 55.4 °F

AVG Low

5 °C / 41 °F

Attractions Manawatu

  • Towns in Manawatu

    Towns in Manawatu

    With plenty of rural charm, Manawatu is an ideal place to immerse yourself in Kiwi farming culture. Palmerston North is the bustling centre of this region.

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  • Museums

    Museums

    Manawatu is heartland New Zealand and has a number of fascinating museum attractions.

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  • Gardens

    Gardens

    Manawatu's fertile soil and rural landscapes are home to a number of tranquil, beautiful gardens.

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  • Shopping in Manawatu

    Shopping in Manawatu

    Mix a charming country lifestyle with boutique artisans and kiwi markets and you've got Manawatu, a region where you can enjoy a distinctly ‘New Zealand' shopping...

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  • New Zealand Rugby Museum

    New Zealand Rugby Museum

    The New Zealand Rugby Museum contains New Zealand's biggest and most comprehensive collection of rugby memorabilia and records, including some of the world's rarest rugby...

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  • Rafting

    Rafting

    Manawatu is heartland New Zealand and home to some of the best rafting around. Head to the Rangitikei River, one of the country’s largest waterways.

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