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Exercising, playing sport and getting outdoors is a huge part of life for many residents in Manawatu.

Manawatū has an exceptional range of facilities, sporting opportunities and clubs for you to join as well as multiple inner-city parks, reserves and walking and cycling trails dotted around the region.


Palmerston North city is home to the Lido Aquatic Centre, Central Energy Trust Arena Manawatū and Robertson Holden International Speedway, while Feilding offers the Makino Aquatic Centre and Manfeild Park. 

If you’re looking to start a sport or join a team, Sport Manawatū has more than 35 options to choose from, including rugby, canoe polo, netball, taekwondo and more. Discover them here.

And of course, there’s our great outdoors. From west coast beaches, the Manawatū River, Te Apiti – Manawatū Gorge, and stunning native bush all within a 30 minute drive from the main living areas, there are plenty of areas to explore.

Check out all the action at our riverside ramps along the Manawatū River Pathway.

Excellent facilities


Manfeild is known for its world-class motor racing circuit – the longest track with uninterrupted views in the Southern Hemisphere – and is currently the home of the New Zealand Grand Prix. These days the circuit is but one component – much more drives this landmark Feilding facility including agricultural, equestrian and motorsport events.

Car racing at Manfeild Feilding

Manfeild race track

Central Energy Trust Arena 

Central Energy Trust Arena is described as the busiest and the most versatile events and activities complex in New Zealand. With 36 different sporting codes being played there regularly, along with trade shows, exhibitions, weddings, dinners, conferences, conventions, meetings, seminars, festivals, concerts and leisure events. 

Robertson Holden International Speedway

Palmerston North is known as the home of speedway and from October to April the Robertson Holden International Speedway hosts hundreds of competitors and thousands of fans from all over New Zealand as they flock to one of the best appointed circuits in the southern hemisphere.    

The stadium can seat 15,000, which is packed when February’s Superstock Teams Championship, one of Manawatū’s most iconic events, comes to town.  

Ten different classes race on the clay and lime surface, from the glamour Superstocks and Sprintcars through to Solo Motorcycles and Sidecars. Other season highlights include the ever-popular demolition derbies, Manawatū championships, and national events. 

Speedway in Manawatu

Racing at Robertson Holden International Speedway

Sport takes on a whole new meaning and new heights here. Palmerston North city’s urban landscape is prime for parkour enthusiasts – take a look for yourself.