Aptly named after Peep-o-Day, which is the first place in northern Manawatū to see the morning sun, this scenic Manawatū route cuts in off State Highway One and travels through sweeping valleys. 

Watch the landscape evolve as you travel past ranges, dramatic limestone cliffs, lush farmland and historical buildings and monuments. Starting from Cheltenham in the south and linking through to Mangaweka in the north, Peep-o-Day Route follows through the high altitude village of Kimbolton, which is a gardener’s delight – home to several world-class gardens, including Cross Hills Gardens. Travel past historical monuments, rural villages, hidden swimming spots and magical viewing points, Peep-o-Day Route takes through stunning yet the often unseen landscape of rural Manawatū. Between Rangiwahia and Apiti, make the most of Iron Gates Experience with some great local knowledge and experiences.  

Charms B&B Ohingaiti

Comfortable rooms, tasty food and a warm welcome.   

Whitecliffs Boulders

Magical and extremely intriguing boulders which are known as cannon ball concretions made from mudstone.

Rangiwahia Bush Reserve Walk

Experience native NZ bush and learn the various native tree names. 

Rangiwahia Domain & Campground

Tennis court, restrooms, Wi-Fi and a dump-station make for an ideal camping spot in scenic surrounds. 


A charming village from yesteryear. 

Peep-o-Day Point

This lookout point is the first place to see the sun in this area, and inspired the route name. 


This charming rural village is the gateway to the Ruahine Ranges, and is home to several local artists studios.

Oroua Valley Lookout

Take in panoramic views of the regions stunning landscape. 


This charming village is set high atop mountain ranges, and is known for its lovely gardens and local country pub, the Kimbolton Hotel. 

Cross Hills Gardens & Cafe

Explore the park-like, world renowned Rhododendron gardens perched at high altitude. 

Hansens Café & Store

A peaceful and inviting atmosphere. Fresh food made in-house including vegetarian and gluten free options, as well as gourmet pizzas! 

Heritage Tiny Home

A quiet Tiny Home retreat set on a lifestyle property overlooking landscaped gardens and a waterfall. 


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 Chelty’, one of NZ’s best country pubs. 

DownUnder Honey

Stop and sample the artisan honey produced right here in Manawatū, at the DownUnder Honey shop.

Almadale Scenic Reserve

Take a picnic and go for a swim.


Finish in friendly Feilding, winner of New Zealand’s most beautiful town award 16 times!