Manawatu Region Guide
Conveniently located half way between Rotorua and Wellington, this region combines the charm of rural New Zealand with the sophisticated provincial appeal of Palmerston North city.
The landscape sweeps dramatically from the Ruahine and Tararua mountain ranges, through the spectacular Manawatu Gorge and picturesque Pohangina Valley, along Manawatu River to the coastal plains of Tangimoana and Himatangi.
The region enjoys a mild climate, providing fantastic growing conditions for the many public, world-class gardens.
Manawatu is easy to access and easy to navigate with Palmerston North International Airport open 99.97% of the year and located just 5.5km from Palmerston North.
Manawatu region's wilderness areas—the Tararua Ranges, Whanganui National Park and the Ruahine Forest Park.
For those with less time to spare, the Manawatu Gorge Walkway makes a great half day hike.
The Manawatu Gorge is a classic example of what happens when a mountain range intersects a river.
It's also one of only a few places in the world where a river flows east to west through a main divide.Mokai Gravity Canyon boasts three world-class adventure activities.
Taihape Manawatu is the home of North Islands highest Bungy Jump, visitors can ride the extreme flying fox, experience the mighty 80-metre bungy or feel the thrill of a 50-metre freefall on our bridge swing.
The bravest among you will combine all three for the ultimate adrenalin rush!