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Make yourself at home.

Whether you’re here to kick ass or kick back, life in Manawatū is flexible, smooth and liberating. There’s no template to fit and no rat race to run, leaving you free to live life as you fancy.
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.

The region spans 2,624 km² and encompasses breathtakingly beautiful parks, rivers and mountain ranges, including the famous Tararua and Ruahine Ranges, and sweeps out to the rugged west coast beaches of Himatangi and Tangimoana. Over 120,000 people choose to call Manawatū home, and with a diverse landscape like this it’s easy to see why!

Hop in the car and you’re less than two hours from Wellington and one hour from Whanganui. It’s also an easy drive to North Island ski fields, Hawke’s Bay wineries and Mount Taranaki. What makes Palmerston North city and Manawatū more liveable than most, is the world class education, flourishing industries and a safe environment for raising a family.

Manawatū at a glance //


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Did you know…

Manawatū is recognised among some of the top agrifood hubs in the world? Home to more than 3900 scientists, researchers and innovators and national and global companies, the agritech and agrifood sector here is thriving.

The opportunities for business and investment are seemingly endless, as are the lifestyle opportunities, from breathtaking walking and mountain biking tracks to thriving food and retail scenes, that stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the big cities of New Zealand.

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Meaningful Experiences

Manawatū is a place for the adventurous, the eco and culture-conscious and the thinkers of this world.

It provides a road less travelled, and more opportunity than most for learning, for growth and for life. So let the weight lift off those shoulders and relax into the life you’ve always planned on having.

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.

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Live the good life //

You’ve got everything at your fingertips

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

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 your mountain bike.
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Big city vibes //

All the perks but keep it chill
You can enjoy superb dining experiences 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.
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Where to call home //

Whether you’re after city living, a charming rural life or beach sunsets we’ve got you covered. Take the next step to making Manawatū your home, there’s something to suit everyone!
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