Situated mid-way between Rotorua and Wellington, the Manawatu region merges the rural lifestyle of New Zealand with the charming appeal of Palmerston North (aka Palmy). The greenery in Manawatu has been carefully landscaped by environmental conservationists. These scenic landscapes span the Ruahine and Tararua mountain ranges and sweeps across the breathtaking Manawatu Gorge and through the beautiful Pohangina Valley, down to the coastal plains of Tangimoana and Himatangi along the Manawatu River.
The mild climate and ideal environmental conditions in Manawatu have contributed to its chosen main industry, agriculture. The region is famous for its beef, sheep and deer produce. The region’s main centers are Fielding and Palmerston North. Taihape is the biggest town along the way to Mount Ruapehu and central plateau. Popularly known as the “gumboot capital,”, Taihape holds an annual festival to celebrate these essential rural kiwi footwear. The gumboot throwing competition is a special event during these festivities.
The Rangitikei river provides for an excellent trout fishing industry in Manawatu. Along this river, you can also experience bungy jumping, hiking, scenic and white water rafting adventures. Delicious country cooking and rural life experiences are available for visitors who opt to partake in the Farm-stay programs offered in Manawatu. Golf courses are also abundant in Manawatu, and visitors are able to enjoy the natural scenery, fresh air and the myriad of nature adventures and activities to the fullest in this amazing unpolluted region.
Besides the scenery and adventures, some remnants of historic structures also provide a few interesting sightseeing opportunities for the traveler. Most of Palmerston North’s original buildings from the early 1920s onwards are still standing and have been restored for use as cafes, restaurants and quaint boutiques.
When you visit Manawatu, your best accommodation options are available in Palmerston North hotels. From the majority of rural New Zealand hotels, the most recommended are those operated by recognized international hotel groups, as their standards are the same all over the world.