The Manawatu lies halfway between Taupo and Wellington. Base yourself in Palmerston North and explore `The Country Road”, the place you come to get lost in! Four rural routes take you to hidden
treasures, Gardens, cycling, pubs and people will leave you with unforgettable memories of this unique unspoiled area. Don’t miss the Pohangina Valley Route and pop into Feilding (built in 1874) on
a Friday for the famous local Farmers Market.
Further afield you’ll find the perfect volcanic cone of Mount Taranaki (Mt Egmont) – you can get there on the “Forgotten World Highway” – unparalleled for its pioneering past and rich landscape.
While you’re in the area take a trip to Whanganui National Park and drive the scenic Whanganui river Road, a spectacular heritage trail.
The land is characterized by a beautiful climate, with mild weather in most areas and extreme conditions inland. Manawatu – Wanganui offers a wide range of adventures, from mild to wild, in its specific geography. Tourists can enjoy trekking, mountain biking and rock climbing, among other activities. The area is also rich in ecological importance, with a large part of the land left for conservation efforts. Visitors can explore various parks, including New Zealand’s largest national park, as well as private and public gardens, such as the world-famous rose gardens of Manawatu. Unique attractions, such as the owl park and horse farm, add to the area’s charm.
Whanganui is a peaceful city located beside the Whanganui River. It’s an ideal place to live if you’re feeling overwhelmed with work and routine pressures. The city boasts numerous landmarks, including the Sarjeant Art Gallery and Cook’s Gardens. Its historic architecture is worth admiring, and the city is home to a community of talented artists. Visitors can enjoy the river adventures offered by the Whanganui River, which flows through the national park and the historic city. Manawatu – Wanganui is a must-visit destination in New Zealand.