The Manawatu is heartland New
Zealand. A landscape that sweeps from the sea to the Tararua Ranges, it offers an
exciting range of adventure activities.
Choose from rafting, kayaking,
blokarting, horse trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing and a host of other
If you want to experience country life, it’s all around you. Go to a
real stock auction. This is where the farmers buy and sell their farm animals, gathering
around pens as the auctioneer rattles off bids. Stock auctions are one of New Zealand’s
oldest traditions, dating back to the 1880s.
Or you could find a farmstay and
meet farmers whose families have been on the land for generations.
great diversity of attractions in Manawatu. In the vibrant student city of Palmerston
North you can explore the world’s first museum devoted to rugby. If you’re a garden
lover there are some fabulous public and private gardens to see, including one of the
top rose gardens in the world. And a little way down the road around Horowhenua you’ll
find such quirky attractions as an owl park, a farm devoted to Clydesdales and a fully
operational Dutch windmill.