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Te Āpiti - Manawatū Gorge

Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge

Welcome to New Zealand’s most beautiful natural playground

Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge is a national taonga, a natural landmark of awe-inspiring legend, geographical magnificence, and cultural wealth, makes it a Manawatū must-do.
The scenic divide between the Tararua and Ruahine Ranges that border the Manawatū region, Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge is a magnificent geographical structure formed over thousands of years by the Manawatū River. It is the only place in New Zealand where a river begins its journey on the opposite side of the main divide to where it joins the sea.
Come face to face with the sculpture of Whātonga, the ancient Māori Warrior who has been immortalised in a 6m tall sculpture along one of the many walking tracks.

How to get there

1631 Napier Road, Aokautere 4471
XXmin to Palmerston North CBD
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Contact us

Palmerston North City
i-SITE: [email protected]

+64 6 350 1922

0800 MANAWATU
(626 292)

THINGS TO DO / Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge

Get the latest updates on Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge including alerts and notices on walking tracks here, and to ensure you safety please read our safety guide before heading outdoors.

The Journey of Whātonga

Whātonga was one of three recognised Chiefs on board the Kurahaupo Waka, which journeyed across the Pacific Ocean to Aotearoa, New Zealand. The artwork and story of Whātonga can be seen at the peak of Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge Tawa Loop track.
Here is a brief video on the creation of the Scultpture of Whātonga and it’s epic journey to it’s current standing place in Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge Loop track.
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