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Hold on to those Holiday Vibes in Manawatū

Hold on to those holiday vibes in manawatū

The festive season is a time filled with relaxation, good food and the warmth of whānau and friends. However, as the holiday decorations come down and the routine of daily life resumes, it's easy to let that relaxed mood slip away. But fear not! In the heart of New Zealand, Manawatū offers some great ways to shake off those back-to-work blues and hang on to that holiday feeling... We've rounded up our top spots for your weekend that will reignite your summer lovin' and help you savour the season a little longer.
Palmerston North & Manawatu | Feilding Farmers Market and clock tower

FESTIVE FLAVOURS AT LOCAL MARKETS

Extend the joy of holiday feasting by exploring the vibrant markets scattered throughout Manawatū. Take a stroll through stalls, brimming with seasonal produce, homemade treats, and artisanal crafts. Taste the flavours of the region, with fresh fruits, handcrafted chocolates, and freshly baked breads. Engage with local vendors and share stories as you indulge in the delightful array of tasty treats. The Hokowhitu Village Farmers’ Market held on the first and third Sunday of every month, the Feilding Farmers’ Market held every Friday, and the Albert Street Farmers Market held every Saturday, all offer the freshest foods that will put joy back into your kitchen.

REFILL YOUR CUP IN THE RUAHINES

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life by immersing yourself in the tranquil beauty of the Rangiwahia Hut Track. Tucked away in northern Manawatū, this hidden natural wonder offers scenic walking trails and breathtaking viewpoints. Pack a picnic with your favorite holiday leftovers (ham sandwich anyone?), find a pretty spot along the track, and relish the peaceful ambiance. Allow the sound of native birdsong and the breeze - as it whispers through the tussock-topped ranges - to transport you back to the carefree holiday vibes experienced just weeks ago.

Rangiwahia Hut Track Manawatū
Manawatu | Rathmoy Estate 25 medium

FIND YOUR FEET AT A BOUTIQUE RETREAT

Escape the city and find relaxation rurally. Retreat to the riverside at Rathmoy Estate, chase the crashing waves at Coastal Retreat Yurts, find your vibe at The Last Church in Āpiti - and explore nearby bush walks - or head for the hills with Ridge Top Farm Glamping. Whatever you’re after, Manawatū has all you need to refresh, recharge and relax the weekend away. Experience authentic New Zealand hospitality at its very best in rural Manawatū.

GET COOL AT HIMATANGI BEACH

Shake off the first weeks of work on the sandy shores of Himatangi Beach. Feel the sea breeze in your hair as you take a leisurely walk along the rugged coastline or simply relax on the beach with the sound of waves providing a soothing backdrop. Whether it's volleyball on the sand, or a fish and chip picnic, or an overnight at the award-winning Top 10 holiday park, Himatangi Beach offers a refreshing escape.

Himatangi Beach Manawatū
Arapuke Manawatu

CHASE THRILLS AT ARAPUKE MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK

To recreate the thrilling feeling of Christmas morning, Arapuke Mountain Bike Park is a must-visit destination. Experience the buzz of mountain biking down scenic trails surrounded by lush greenery. Whether you're a seasoned rider or a beginner, the park has trails catering to all levels, providing an adrenaline-pumping experience for all! With more than 40km or trails from grades two through to six, this mountain topped, bush clad park will top up those endorphins in no time.

STROLL THE MAGICAL MANAWATŪ RIVER

Extend the holiday feeling by taking a leisurely stroll along the Manawatū River and He Ara Kotahi shared pathways. The picturesque surroundings, with tree-lined paths and the calming flow of the river, create a serene atmosphere. Breathe in the fresh air and appreciate the simple pleasures as you meander along well-maintained trails. Finish with an ice cream at The Scoop Truck and keep the joy alive.

Manawatu | He Ara Kotahi | Walks&Hikes
Awastone river rafting manawatu

BE AWE-INSPIRED AT AWASTONE

Escape those work thoughts and discover the hidden gem of Awastone. Nestled along the picturesque Rangitīkei River, this tranquil spot offers a perfect blend of the idyllic and adrenaline-fueled! Whether you choose a peaceful riverside stay or take to the river and brave the rapids (pick your poison: raft or kayak), you’ll be sure to stay in the moment all weekend long in this spot far removed from the daily grind. P.S. keep an eye on their Facebook page for “Sunday Sessions” – where live music tops it all off!

In Manawatū, the holiday magic doesn't have to end with the turn of the calendar. Embrace these delightful experiences, each easily fitting into a weekend, and continue savouring the season long after the holidays have passed with weekend adventures that will leave you feeling refreshed, and those endorphins topped back up.

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