Manawatu has all the relaxed charm of rural New Zealand, with exciting outdoor experiences offered by landscapes that sweep from mountain ranges to the sea.
The Manawatu’s landscapes – sweeping from the Tararua and Ruahine mountain ranges, across hills and a wide river valley to the long, sandy beaches of the Tasman Sea – inspire outdoor discoveries and adventures.
Palmerston North, Manawatu’s main urban centre, is home to an impressive line-up of museums, heritage collections, theatres, art galleries and studios, as well as dozens of educational and research institutions.
An inviting array of cafés, bars and restaurants offer refreshments and meals to satisfy all appetites. Beyond the city are myriad ways to enjoy the rural setting, including scenic touring routes that take in charming villages and farmers markets, as well as walking and cycling tracks and trails.