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Getting Cosy in Manawatū

With winter settling in, the darker mornings and cooler evenings are having us all dreaming of summer escapes. But before you sell an arm and a leg to book those international flights, how about checking out...

8 Winter Date Ideas in Manawatū

Don't let cooler days dampen the fire of your romance, Manawatū has plenty of date-worthy backdrops - even in the winter! Whether you like to keep it classic, or are keen for something a bit...

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 beach, and mouth-watering homemade ice creams of course.

Imbibe after 5: Top local bars and quiz nights

As the clock strikes five and the workday hustle begins to wind down, there's no better way to transition from deadlines to delightful evenings than with the perfect after-work drink and a hearty dose of...

Top Manawatū Wedding Venues

Finding the perfect venue for your special day is an important but exciting step to planning your wedding. It helps set the tone for the  big day, influencing your photos, flowers, vibe - but can...

Eat Around the World Without Leaving Manawatū

Are you looking to expand your palette? Or keen to impress your friends with your diverse taste in cuisines? Maybe you just want to try something a little bit different this Saturday night? No matter...

The Best Boutique Shopping in Manawatū

Whether you’re shopping locally or checking out some new wares on your weekend getaway, there’s nothing like a bit of retail therapy. Wandering in and out of boutiques brimming with luxurious clothing and gifts is...

Picnic-perfect spots for lunch in the sun

Fresh air, your fave friends, and a full picnic basket – all the essential ingredients you need for a dreamy, sun-drenched day. Snuggle up beneath the trees in the lush grass, on a comfy blanket...

Five of our fave family-friendly walks

Get the kids out of the house and into nature – Manawatū’s trails and parks form a treasure map for young explorers to seek out their next adventure. We’ve thought of all the important bits...

Manawatū's best overnight and multi-day walks

One day is never enough! Make the most of our region’s natural playground and go hiking on an overnight or multi-night expedition. There’s something so blissful about venturing into the bush with your favourite tramping...

Must do activities in Manawatū

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in the Palmerston North and Manawatū region – from rafting below the papa cliffs, off-road 4WD adventures and epic hiking and biking trails...

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 gardens. Here are just a few of our finest.

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 from the city, or several nights if you’re after a little more time.

A Day Out With the Kids

Manawatū time runs nice and easy, with pretty much no traffic and lots of great things to do – ideal for a day out with the kids.

Must do Walks in Manawatū

Take a wander through ancient native bush, groves of kahikatea and tōtara, riverside beauty, high-altitude tussock country, or through magnificent gorges – Manawatū’s trails are full of surprises. Whether you’re looking for a short stroll...

Manawatū River Pathway and He Ara Kotahi: A Local Link

Like links in a chain, the Manawatū River Pathway and He Ara Kotahi connect Palmerston North city, neighbouring suburbs and our university and research institutes with forestry, farmland, and parks. Some days it may be...

Top Five Places to see the Sunrise- in Manawatū

When you’re at the centre of it all – between mountain ranges and mighty rivers, rolling countryside and sweeping valleys, it’s easy to find a breathtaking sunrise to help you make the most of each...

A Couple's Guide to Cycling in Manawatū

Active romancers, rejoice! If you like a bit of adventure sprinkled into your weekend getaway, you’re in the right place. Pedal your way through our region’s top-notch trails before wining and dining Manawatū-style. You’ll encounter...


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