Manawatu, located 2 hours north of Wellington, is a beautiful region showcasing the best of rural living. Home to rolling forest ranges, surf beaches and sparkling rivers Manawatu offers something for every traveller. Enjoy an array of different activities including jet boating, sky diving, bush walking and even gumboot throwing.

The Manawatu region, located half way between Taupo and Wellington, offers visitors a taste of the rural lifestyle with an abundance of outdoor activities. Characterised by spectacular rivers, untamed surf beaches, magnificent forest ranges and amazing gorges, Manawatu offers a beautiful and diverse landscape to it's visitors.

It is the perfect place to experience rural life hands on, explore the Whanganui River - the longest navigable waterway on the country and take time to appreciate the beautifully landscaped parks.

Manawatu is home to two cities, Palmerston North and Whanganui. Palmerston North (also known as Palmy) is a flourishing city with attractive grounds. Rich in culture and heritage, Palmerston North has a large student population with a Massey University campus in the city.

Whanganui Blockhouse

Whanganui is a city with a rich Maori and European history. In Whanganui visitors can relax, learn about the history and culture of the area and immerse yourself in the Spirit of Whanganui. Another population centre in the region is the town of Fielding, 13 time winner of New Zealand's most beautiful town award.

Taihape in the Manawatu region is also home to the annual Gumboot Day including a gumboot throwing festival. Held in November, the festival celebrates the rural lifestyle of the region.

If you're mad on rugby a visit to the New Zealand Rugby Museum is a must. Give your mind a workout the Science Centre or experience art at the City Art Gallery. Get your adrenalin pumping on a jet boat ride through the Manawatu Gorge or enjoy a picnic lunch at the Square in Palmerston North. Bring out your inner daredevil with a sky dive or bungy jump. Pick up an antique or play a round of golf. There is no shortage of things to do when visiting the Manawatu region.

There is a range of accommodation in the area from Bed and Breakfasts to Hotel, Farmstays to Serviced Apartments. There is something for every traveller and every budget.

Main Towns in the Manawatu Region

Other Towns in the Manawatu Region