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Beauty at its best

Find those fresh air feels

Take it in

Manawatū literally means - ‘heart standing still’ and when you get up into the Ruahines or the Tararuas - you’ll truly feel that legend. We’re a region that mother nature has been very kind to. Vast west coast beaches, beautiful rolling countryside and immersive native bush and all doable between lunchtime and beer o’clock.

Gardens

We’ve got green fingers alright! The home of award-winning public gardens, rambling country estates, inner-city sanctuaries and quarter acre havens. Take a wander and connect with all the blooming brilliance Manawatū holds.


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Parks, Reserves & Beaches

If you’re looking for some fresh air fun in the great outdoors, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Manawatū with oodles of gloriously green parks, epic playgrounds, sparkling rivers and rugged west coast beaches waiting to be found.
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Wildlife

He taonga matahiapo ngā ora o te taiao. Atawhaitia! Kōrerohia! Our wildlife is highly treasured. We care for it! We talk about it! 
 You’ll find we’re keen to share this love for kaitiakitanga so you too can gain a renewed appreciation for nature, and all her incredible critters. Native birds, eels, and brightly glowing bugs that only come out at night. Take a peak, see what you can find.
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EXPERIENCE Manawatū >

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
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Family friendly farmstays
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Gardens to visit in Manawatū
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Palmerston North's four legged cafés
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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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