Manawatu is a beautiful green region of New Zealand and the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. Located north of Wellington, the Manawatu is a region of native habitats, scenic walks, amazing landscapes, adventure activities, and rich history. The university city of Palmerston North is the main town in Manawatu and one of the countries largest provincial towns.
The urban city of Palmerston North is home to the New Zealand Rugby Museum, Te Manawa – Museum of Art, Science and History, and a prominent collection of art galleries. Sit back and enjoy the internationally recognised theatre scene that provides entertainment for all genres - all of which go hand in hand with the colourful array of cafes and dining options. 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.
The iconic Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge is a must visit, and allows you to discover ancient native bush and a land steeped in legend. You can explore this mythical land by foot, bike, jet boat or horseback.