Explore the real New Zealand on The Country Road. Set in rural Manawatū, The Country Road scenic routes and experiences takes you on journeys between the highways through rural landscapes. 

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The Country Road scenic routes are journeys where off-the-beaten-track excursions allow you to discover hidden places and tucked away treasures ranging from convivial country cafes and pubs; heritage sites, galleries and gardens, to scenic reserves, day walks, swimming holes, glow worm caves, picnic areas, and camping spots. Meet the locals, discover man-caves of fascinating collections and enjoy world-class scenery from the roadside. 


The journey itself is an invitation to find that the middle of nowhere – the great New Zealand  – is actually the middle of somewhere. Within easy driving range, this ‘somewhere’ is well worth exploring. 

Manawatu Scenic Route map

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3 interconnected routes make up The Country Road experience.