The Āpiti Loop Ride takes you on a journey through some of the Manawatū's most scenic countryside. A great way to do this ride is as a multi-day ride. Plan ahead, book into some accommodation and check out some of the hidden treasures of the region. A great way to experience the local hospitality, this ride won't disappoint. There are a few hilly sections in this ride, so it's recommended for moderate fitness levels.
For food and drink, you can stock up in Ashhurst, or visit the Cheltenham General Store on your way through. Country pubs are a specialty on this route, as well as some delightful cafes. Be sure to take your camera, as you will come across some lookout points with breathtaking views.
Along this ride, take in the stunning scenery and country side views. There is a quaint selection of accommodation options, some tucked away, nestled in secluded bush areas and some in the heart of historical towns dotted throughout the route. Make sure you pre-book all your accommodation to avoid disappointment.
Palmerston North City i-SITE - Your one stop shop for local and national knowledge, and all your travel booking needs.
Feilding and District Information Centre - Visitor information and travel bookings for the township of Feilding and the surrounding district.
Ashhurst - Ashhurst is a colourful town offering all your basic needs and supplies, plus a great local cafe and Inn.
Colyton - One of the first settlements of Manawatu in the pioneering days, Colyton is home to Ginger Bird cafe and the Clock Museum.
Almadale Scenic Reserve - This quiet riverside reserve is the perfect place for a rest, picnic and a paddle in the river.
Cheltenham - A charming rural village set amongst the agricultural plains and sweeping mountain ranges.
Cheltenham Hotel - Stop in and enjoy a meal with the locals at The Cheltenham Hotel, one of NZ's best country pubs.
Kimbolton - This high altitude rural village is renowned for it's world class gardens, and quaint country charm, and is home to the local Kimbolton Hotel country pub.
Hansens Cafe & Store - Enjoy country dining with the locals, in an historic building on Kimbolton's main street.
Āpiti Village - A small rural village set in natural surroundings, Āpiti is known as the gateway to the Ruahine Ranges as well as home to several artist studios and a museum.
Āpiti Taven and Eatery – The local heart of the Āpiti community, with great food, excellent service and a warm and friendly welcome to all.
Apiti Lavender Farm and Accommodation – Pack a picnic, wander through picturesque lavender fields, and visit the quaint little shop full of organic lavender products. Tranquil, pet-friendly accommodation available for families, couples or cyclist looking for a friendly place to stay.
Pohangina Base - Campsites and bunk rooms offer a great place to base yourself on your adventure.
Springvale Gardens & Accommodation - Beautifully landscaped gardens with a strong history and story to tell.
Tōtara Reserve - Stunning ancient forest offering walking tracks, swimming spots and campsite facilities.
County Fayre - On weekends this is humming with coffee and Devonshire teas, with amazing local history adorning the walls.
Raumai Reserve - Stop in at Raumai Reserve for a swim in the river, and a relaxed picnic in natural surroundings.
Ashhurst Bakey and Cafe - A must-do coffee stop, with a tasty menu of local cuisine that can be enjoyed indoors or out in the garden.
Ashhurst - Offering all your basic needs and supplies, plus the local Inn offers accommodation, drinks and meals.
Palmerston North city - Discover this diverse city, offering urban charm and diversity, plus facilities to suit all your needs.