Manawatu Holidays & Travel Guide

Located on the lower portion of the North Island of New Zealand, Manawatu is a region situated on the island's south-western side and is named after the dramatic Manawatu River. One of few rivers in the world that cuts through a mountain range, the mighty river is just one of Manawatu's many attractions. Manawatu holidays are renowned for their dramatic scenery and rugged landscapes which sweep from the Tararaua and Ruahine Ranges out to the Tasman Sea.

This Manawatu travel guide is designed to help you make the most of your time in this picturesque adventure playground. Located around 2 hours north of Wellington, Palmerston North is the main city of Manawatu. Manawatu Gorge or Te Apiti is a must see attraction on any visit to the region and offers native ancient bushland. Manawatu can be explored along walking tracks, cycling or even mountain biking and features stunning views and spectacular scenery. For the more adventurous, there's also kite surfing, bungy jumping, horse trekking and white water rafting.

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Palmerston North

Offering all the class of a major city, Palmerston North enjoys all the space and freedom of a regional town and boasts museums, cafes, rose gardens and a vibrant arts scene.

Manawatu Accommodation

Mostly concentrated in the city of Palmerston North, Manawatu accommodation ranges from comfortable motels and modern hotels to traditional kiwi farmstays, contemporary country retreats and charming bed and breakfasts. Ranging from 3 stars to 5 stars and everything in between, Manawatu accommodation is conveniently located close to some of the region's most popular attractions and offers something for all budgets. From family-friendly holidays, to romantic escapes and fun for the young and young-at-heart, there's something for everyone in Manawatu. Book cheap Accommodation in Manawatu

Manawatu Holiday Packages

Manawatu holiday packages are the most affordable and easy way to visit this scenic region and offer outstanding value for money. Bundling together all your needs for one discount price, holiday packages save you time and money, taking the stress out of planning and booking your holiday. Combining all your travel essentials such as flights and accommodation, Manawatu packages can also include a number of added extras like tours, car hire, transfers, travel insurance and more. There are a fantastic range of existing holiday packages to choose from or you can customise one to suit yourself.

Things To Do

Often considered 'off the beaten track', Manawatu offers its fair share of culture, heritage, wildlife, spectacular scenery and some surprising adventure activities. The main town of Palmerston North combines the diversity and sophistication of a major city with all the green spaces and charm of a country town. Speaking of charming country towns, Manawatu has them in spades, with many of the rural settlements famous for their friendliness and quirky character. For great scenery, you can't go past the Country Road driving route taking you off the main highways and through the picturesque backroads where you'll discover boutiques, Devonshire teas and incredible viewing points. More Things To Do in Manawatu

Getting to Manawatu

The main city of Manawatu, Palmerston North is located approximately 2 hours from Wellington, the international gateway to the region. Getting to Manawatu is an easy 2 hour drive on State Highway 1. The other main road network which runs through the region is State Highway 3, making getting around a breeze. There are plenty of scenic driving routes in and around Manawatu, however if you'd prefer to let someone else take care of transport, there is a main rail line that runs between Wellington and Auckland, stopping in Palmerston North. This is a great way of getting to Manawatu and allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Getting to Manawatu