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Manawatū Fun Facts

Here are some fun facts about Manawatū you can freely use. 

  • Himatangi Beach sand dune field is the largest one in New Zealand 
  • Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge is the only place in New Zealand where a river begins its journey on the opposite side of the main divide to where it joins the sea. 
  • The city is home to 130 cultures, and over 90 languages are spoken here
  • 3,100+ Scientists and Researchers in Manawatū and highest number of PhDs per capita
  • Home to New Zealand Rugby Museum and Wildbase Recovery 
  • Feilding Saleyards are one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere 
  • Feilding has won New Zeaand’s most beautiful town 16 times 
  • Home to Centrepoint Theatre - the only professional theatre outside of the four main centers of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin).   
  • Central Location – almost 1 million people within a two-hour drive time and less than 2-hours to the nations’ capital 
  • Palmerston North is rumored to have the most cafes per capita in the country – more than 200 for its 110,000 population 


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Everything we love about Manawatū, as seen through your eyes.

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