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Treat yourself to a stay in one of the unique boutique accommodation options dotted across the region, from hosted lodges to secluded retreats and Kiwi farm stays, each with spectacular scenery, farm fresh food and friendly welcomes from the families sharing their little slice of paradise.  


Hiwinui Country Estate, Manawatu

Relax with privacy and in timeless elegance at Hiwinui Country Estate. The main lodge consists of spacious lounge, which is dominated by a large double-sided log fireplace; a high cathedral ceiling, and luxurious dining and living areas with views over the lush farmland and pond. 

The accommodation suites offer super king size beds with an indoor spa bath and shower. Rooms lead out to a private large veranda area, which surrounds the lodge on three sides. The underground cellar offers an extensive range of wines from New Zealand’s leading vineyards for your indulgence. Nestled close to the lodge in a secluded garden for guest’s ultimate privacy, is an outdoor spa pool and an open log fireplace.


Destony on Fitzherbert, Palmerston North, Manawatu

Just a five-minute walk from Te Marae o Hine – The Square is a luxury boutique motel. Destiny on Fitzherbert is a stone’s throw from some of Palmy’s best restaurants, cafes, bars and shops.

The rooms are tastefully decorated with striking colour palettes that feature vibrant pops of colour. The mixture of textures and patterns throughout each room really sets this motel apart from the rest. With a mix of studio and suites available, there are room configurations to suit all family or friend groups. Rooms include a premium studio, premium one bedroom, premium two bedrooms, standard one bedroom and standard twin studio.


Ridge Top Farm Glamping, Manawatu

Ridge Top Farm is a unique opportunity to combine the tranquillity of glamping with a true North Island ‘Kiwi farm’ experience.  Located at Tapuae, the 1500-acre sheep and beef farm has stunning panoramic views encompassing Kāpiti Island, Mt  Taranaki and Mt Ruapehu – the perfect place to soak up the stunning scenery of the North Island.  

This themed campsite is nestled into a sheltered spot on the scenic farm, right next to a lush wetland with regenerating native bush. A luxury tent and boutique hut, a camp kitchen and bathroom, and a dedicated campfire area, create a social and relaxed space for an authentic farmstay experience.   

Wake up between luxury cotton sheets and under a cosy duvet, to the sound of magpies warbling in the early morning light. Start your day off on the right foot with a piping hot shower in the camp bathroom while your coffee brews. Cook a meal on the campfire or just lie back in the outdoor bath while watching the west coast change colours as the sun rises from the east.


Rathmoy Lodge, Manawatu

Travelling from the north? Just five minutes off State Highway One, this beautiful lodge offers a stunning private experience of riverside peace and tranquillity as a stop over before you head into Palmerston North and Feilding for the NZ House and Garden Tour. 

Rathmoy Lodge looks out to the beautiful whitecliffs and sparkling fresh water of the Rangitīkei River. Located on the Grace’s fourth-generation family farm, there is even hidden glow worm caves for you to explore.


Makoura Lodge, Manawatu

Makoura Lodge is located between Taupō and Wellington, on the spectacular Manawatū Scenic Route. The scenic drive to Makoura Lodge has exceptional views across to the Ruahine mountain range and below to a beautiful valley.

Located on the McIntyre family’s fifth-generation farm, the Lodge provides guests with true Kiwi country hospitality. Delicious food is created on site, with healthy, homemade, farm-fresh food provided; lamb off the farm and vegetables picked fresh out of the garden.    There are a range of activities to enjoy from horse trekking, claybird shooting, axe throwing to cocktail making classes and spa treatments.


The Last Church in Apiti, Manawatu

In the small rural village of Āpiti in northern Manawatū, a vibrant young couple have breathed new life into a former Sunday School and Church by turning it into quirky accommodation for those seeking the ultimate escape to relax and discover the stunning Manawatū.

 With years of history ingrained into the walls, the couple have added their own edge while lovingly restoring and preserving the life back into this hidden gem. Set near the base of the Ruahine Ranges, The Last Church in Āpiti is a cosy base to explore the Ruahine’s and surrounding bush walks, glow worm caves, swimming holes, and more. If you are after a slower pace, bring a book and curl up in front of the fire or in the outdoor cast iron bathtub with a glass of wine.


Rangitikei Farmstay, Manawatu

Just 10 minutes off State Highway One lies a little slice of paradise waiting to be discovered, Rangitīkei Farmstay.

 This award-winning farmstay offers true Kiwi hospitality and an authentic experience which is more than a place to stay. Situated on Andrew and Kylie’s sheep and beef farm named “Tyrone”, these fourth-generation farmers, run the 600-hectare sheep and beef farm which has been in the Stewart family since 1901. The century of history working the land has been captured and displayed throughout the farmstay buildings and grounds to tell the story of those past and present, helping you to connect with the people and the place.    Whether you are looking for a chance to get away from it all and take in fresh air, locally sourced food and a new appreciation for our nations farming heritage, Rangitīkei Farmstay is a great home base to experience the best of Manawatū. If you want to stretch your legs, check out the cycling loops on your doorstep or take a scenic walk where you can stop off for a picnic to take in the incredible mountain to sea views.

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