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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!
Hokowhitu Village Farmers’ Market: A Local Feast
The third Sunday of every month in Hokowhitu Village is truly a feast for all the senses.  Colourful buntings and hanging flower baskets are…
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Sharing a Slice of Paradise
Kylie Stewart and her husband, Andrew are the innovative owners behind Rangitikei Farmstay. After their stream of visitors dried up overnight…
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Q+A with Be Free Grocer’s Bron Green
Tucked just inside Square Edge in the centre of Palmerston North lives Be Free Grocer, a light and bright space filled…
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Dog Paradise
Our four-legged friends are often the most spoilt members of our families, so pet parents will be delighted by Palmerston…
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Connecting, empowering & inspiring women across New Zealand
In a world that is increasingly digital, it’s rare that a new magazine launches. We spent five minutes catching up…
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Providing wholesome food staples to the community in a time of crisis
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced New Zealand into lockdown, Palmerston North vegan café and shop, Wholegrain Organics, had no choice but…
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Lentil & Cauliflower Dhal by Kate Morland – Studio Rubix
Studio Rubix, founded by Kate and Toby Morland in 2014, has a clear vision to empower the people of Manawatū…
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Ridge Top Farm Glamping
When sheep and beef farmers Angus and Sarah Gilbertson first opened glamping six years ago neither could predict how wildly…
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