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LIVING IN MANAWATŪ

Manawatū is famous for its effortless blend of city and rural living; here you can choose your ideal lifestyle, from peaceful rural villages, to bustling townships, or city life. The region includes the charming towns of Feilding, Kimbolton, Āpiti, Himatangi Beach, Linton and Ashhurst to name a few, and at the centre of it all is the city of Palmerston North, the lively, multi-cultural heart of Manawatū.

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With a great pace of life that caters to a positive work-life balance, get the best of both worlds in Manawatū. Affordable homes, short commutes, safe and welcoming communities and a brilliant region for businesses – this is a fantastic place to call home.

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.

Feilding

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!

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.

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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!
Gardens to visit in Manawatū
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Palmerston North's four legged cafés
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Guide to exploring northern Manawatū
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Five of Manawatū's top playgrounds
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Top day trips this winter
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Where to run like the wind in Manawatū
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Explore Victoria Esplanade
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Five great days out with kids in Manawatū
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Must-do activities in Manawatū
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Feilding Guide: Eat, Drink and Do
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Not so ordinary date nights
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Local markets you’ll love
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Road-tripping to Whitecliffs Boulders Mangaweka
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Walks in Manawatū
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Great things to do in Manawatū if travelling in a motorhome
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A taste of the city’s street art
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10 Manawatū ‘feel good’ social accounts to follow right now
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Manawatū River Pathway and He Ara Kotahi: A Local Link
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Breathe Deep – Best of Manawatū Skies
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Sledge Track – fun and adventure for everyone
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Top Five Places to see the Sunrise in Manawatū
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Top Palmerston North Cheap Eats
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Seven of the Best: Working Out in Palmerston North
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Fri-yay. Things to do when 5pm rolls around
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Your weekend escape in the Manawatū
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Local businesses you can support from the comfort of your home
After a few essentials? Shop Manawatū with a great range of local businesses offering to...
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Motorhoming in Manawatū 101
Travelling the Manawatū by motorhome gives you the ultimate freedom to access off-the-beaten-track gems at...
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Great places to stay in with a motorhome in Manawatū
Manawatū is packed with gorgeous, peaceful spots that are perfect to park up your motorhome...
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Wellness escapes to discover in Manawatū
From rural and beauty retreats to a holistic herb farm and an inner-city sanctuary for...
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Giving back to our community
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Explore Manawatū
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Democracy of the Rack
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13 Family-Friendly Rainy Day Activities
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Discover some of the lower North Island’s best mountain biking
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Hokowhitu Village Farmers’ Market: A Local Feast
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Sharing a Slice of Paradise
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Q+A with Be Free Grocer’s Bron Green
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Dog Paradise
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Q+A with FoodHQ CEO, Dr Abby Thompson
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Connecting, empowering & inspiring women across New Zealand
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Welfare support for Manawatū locals
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Providing wholesome food staples to the community in a time of crisis
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Lentil & Cauliflower Dhal by Kate Morland – Studio Rubix
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Ridge Top Farm Glamping
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Rangiwahia Scenic Reserve – Manawatū’s Hidden Treasure
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Nurtured by Nature – Fresh Air Family Fun
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Time out in Āpiti: all you need for the perfect soulcation
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3 hikes in 3 days – the ultimate guide for active explorers in Manawatū
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Travelling by Motorhome in Manawatū
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Munch – Inclusive eating in the heart of Palmerston North city
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Great pubs and cocktails in Manawatū
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Dining experiences not to be missed in Manawatū
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A Local’s Guide to Fine Dining in the City
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Manawatū’s remote working hot-spots
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Things to do in Manawatū
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The best of Manawatū: 2 nights, 3 days itinerary for active explorers
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Palmerston North’s Dog Friendly Walks
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Itinerary for a Family Holiday in the Manawatū
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A Delicious Fallow Deer Recipe by Andrew May – Amayjen
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Potato Gnocchi by Mark Harman – Artisan Kitchen
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Boutique Accommodation
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Family-friendly dining in Manawatū
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