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Life’s too short to spend hours in traffic or worrying about a huge mortgage. Manawatū offers the ultimate lifestyle, it’s easy and affordable and yours to enjoy.

The Ultimate Lifestyle

From great cycleways, gorgeous parks and river pathways to wonderful restaurants, cafes, libraries and museums, here in Manawatū, life couldn’t be easier.   

With short commute times across the city, getting to work, school and sports practices is a breeze. You’ll have more time for the important things in life: spending time with loved ones, hitting the gym, walking the dog or jumping on the mountain bike.  

Palmerston North offers all the perks of a city with the relaxed atmosphere of provincial New Zealand. You can enjoy top quality meals at local restaurants, some of the best coffee around and excellent shopping. Then there’s the theatre, festivals and events, the list is endless. 

With some of the top employers in the country operating out of the Manawatū job opportunities are varied and exciting. Or maybe you’re ready to take the plunge and start your own business? Manawatū is the perfect place to follow your dreams with exciting, innovative and energetic people to support you along the way. Check out the support CEDA gives startups, it’s easier than you think! 

Where to Live

We’re one of New Zealand’s most affordable regions, so beautiful homes or lifestyle blocks are available for a fraction of the cost. And there is somewhere to suit everyone, from quiet village life to family friendly suburbs or sophisticated central city living, we’ve got just the place for you. And with the median house prices lower than larger cities, your next home is an affordable reality.

 Take the next step to making Manawatū your home, check out what’s on the market and our great rental opportunities. There are plenty of options! 

Butterfly Pond in The Square

Palmerston North

City living without the stress. A bustling city, Palmerston North offers the sophistication and diversity of a major city, with the freedom and space of a provincial centre. The community is diverse but close-knit, where newcomers are warmly welcomed.


Charming rural town life, with a welcoming community, Feilding’s small town atmosphere greets you with red-bricked pavements, stunning flowerbeds and a warm elegance – it’s easy to see how why they’ve won the award for ‘New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Town’ no less than 16 times!  

Himatangi Beach

Rural and Coastal Living

If you’re after a more relaxed rural lifestyle or want to walk on the beach every morning, Manawatū is speckled with small towns and villages offering the lifestyle you want, while still being within easy reach of the city.