Exploring Manawatu

Manawatu’s main centre, Palmerston North, houses the cultural home of New Zealand rugby, but adventure also awaits outside the city itself.

Do & Discover

In Palmerston North, you can educate yourself on the nation’s sporting obsession at the New Zealand Rugby Museum, or explore art, science and history at Te Manawa. For non-urban adventures, head to Taihape in the Rangitikei, surrounded by hills and gorges that are the setting for adventure activities such as Mokai Gravity Canyon and River Valley Rafting and Horse Riding.

Food & Drink

Palmerston North has a bustling little drinking and dining scene. Aqaba and The Grand Beer Cafe are two of the highlights.


There’s a range of accommodation available in Palmerston North to suit varying requirements and/or budgets. Try Fitzherbert Castle Motel, Grandma’s Place, or Travelodge Palmerston North.

Local Knowledge

Palmerston North Airport has flights to Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch. Palmerston North is 2 hours, 10 minutes from Wellington and 7 hours, 40 minutes from Auckland by road. It’s also on the main line from Auckland to Wellington. Find out more at the Palmerston North i–SITE in The Square.

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