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Manawatū – he whaitua rongonui o Aotearoa, he wairua matakuikui, he aronga auaha, tapatapahi ana! Manawatū – a well known region of Aotearoa, full of spirit and joy, with a creative bend.

Our region rewards those who follow their nose and get off the beaten track to find the hidden gems. OK sure, we offer world class coffee, epic trails to shred, food to die for and enough shopping to get your heart pumping, but the special thing about Manawatū is the journey of discovery along the way. We’re here to help you connect the dots to forge your own unique path. So, let’s get out there… 

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Discover Manawatū through the eyes of our locals. From eating and drinking hit-lists to family friendly day trips, shopping hot spots and rural discoveries. This is the start of something beautiful. Dive right in!
Little shops that spark joy
Dotted throughout the Manawatū are little shops that spark joy – from handmade local products to unique bespoke pieces, you’ll…
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Family friendly farmstays
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Gardens to visit in Manawatū
From traditional English rose gardens to organic lavender fields, Manawatū is home to a large collection of diverse and breathtaking…
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Palmerston North's four legged cafés
If you're on the hunt for a brunch spot you can take your four legged friend to then Palmerston North…
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Guide to exploring northern Manawatū
The stunning and dramatic rural landscape of northern Manawatū is dotted with scenic activities that offer a perfect day trip…
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Five of Manawatū's top playgrounds
With an abundance of playgrounds in Manawatū, here are our top picks for your littlies to be entertained for hours.…
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Top day trips this winter
Winter in Manawatū is a beautiful thing. It's a season filled with curiously fun weekend drives, fiery sunsets on the…
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Where to run like the wind in Manawatū
From trail runs to inner city pathways, there's a variety of terrain here in Manawatū for all running abilities to…
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