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From the rugged country of the Whanganui River and National Park to the Ruahine Ranges, to the awe inspiring Manawatu Gorge, this is great country for the outdoorsman (or woman).
Experience the past with a trip on the restored Whanganui River paddle boat or have a go at white water canoeing. There are 239 named rapids! The region is also home to the "Bridge to Nowhere".
The urban centres of Palmerston North and Wanganui have their own attractions too. Try the Jazzboat Festival in Wanganui and visit Cook’s Gardens, famous for athletics. It was here that Peter Snell set the world mile record in 1962.
In Palmerston North visit the Rugby Museum to learn about New Zealand’s passion for the sport. Also in Palmerston North you will find the stunning, 3 hectare Rose Gardens. Then for a completely different insight into the world of New Zealand farming, take a tour of to the livestock sale in Fielding where up to 15,000 sheep are sold at each sale.
Other Rural Manawatu
9 km East of State Highway 1 at Mangaweka. 2 hours South of
Weka Walks offers a total nature package combining walking experience, accommodation, home-cooked cuisine and warm Kiwi hospitality. The Walks are over Mt Huia Farm and Glen Tui Farm and include areas of pastureland and native bush. The major difference of this walk from most of the boutique New Zealand walks is that you stay in the same comfortable accommodation each night without the need to relocate. Single party bookings mean you can make up your own group and enjoy the full use of Hodd Cottage. Groups of up to 8 (depending on “couple configuration”) can be accommodated at Hodd Cottage
Prices from $40 to $75
On State Highway 4 - between Wanganui and Ruapehu District
New to the walking scene, Pakira Farmwalks has evolved from it's long standing farmstay business to offering walks to corporate, private and local groups and clubs.
Pakira Farmwalks offers you a rural escape like no other. Enjoy peaceful walks through the privately owned sheep and beef farm. Witness spectacular views of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Taranaki and NZ native bush as you make your way through gradual terrain with the odd short climb to the top.
Pakira Farmwalks offers two day walking packages with farmstay cottage accommodation or day walks for groups of 8 or more -
Phone: 06 3428823
Address: 4300 State Highway 4, RD 3, Wanganui
Prices from $30 to $310
Manawatu / Rangitikei
A true North Island 'Kiwi farm' walk for 4 or more people. Two Day/2 Night or One Day Walk packages available. Glamping accommodation and delicious meals provided as part of the package.
The sheep and beef farm has stunning 360 degree views of Kapiti Island, Mt Egmont , Mt Ruapehu & Ruahine Ranges.
For families and groups of friends, through to couples and international tourists looking for adventure - this quintessential Kiwi farm offers an entertaining taste of true rural New Zealand.
Phone: 06 328 6738
Mobile (and SMS): 0275 983 039
Address: 1027 Waituna Tapuae Rd, Feilding
Other Rural Manawatu
1 1/2 hours North of Palmerston North
A private walk package (1, 2 or 3 day options) over superb Rangitikei hill country with stunning views of Mt Ruapehu, the Ruahines, the Kawhatau River and the attractive surrounding farmland.
Very comfortable, fully equipped accommodation. All meals can be supplied, your gear is transported and you will be supplied with a detailed track guide.
Phone: 06 382 5507
Mobile (and SMS): 021 100 8627
Address: Kawhatau Valley, Mangaweka
Manawatu Walking Tracks includes:
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