Manawatu is the perfect place to recharge your batteries. Discover native habitats on walks & hikes, cycle scenic country landscapes, or unwind with a round of golf. Step back in time at the New Zealand Rugby Museum, or treat yourself to a day out shopping.

All roads lead to The Square in Palmerston North City - a beautiful inner city park and social hub sprinkled with public art and surrounded by boutique shops and cafes. It’s compact, largely flat and easy to navigate, making it walkable and great for cycling.


Palmerston North City is at the cross roads of your lower North Island journey. It’s a 2-3 hour drive from Napier, Wellington, Taupo and New Plymouth.


There are many family friendly attractions in Palmerston North City and surrounds. Each season Destination Manawatu creates a themed newsletter for families with young children called, The Little Explorer.  It's available online and at i-SITE Palmerston North.


Explore Palmerston North City and surrounds in your own time with the free iPhone app. Self-guided trails include:

  • Palmerston North Central Library Art and Architecture Tour
  • Arts Trail Guide
  • Palmerston North City Heritage Trail
  • Palmerston North City Walks
  • Central Feilding Historic Walk
  • Eric Brew's Public Art in Feilding

For more information on Palmerston North and the Manawatu Region check out

Things to do Manawatu


New Zealand Rugby Museum

Experience the journey of the sport that shaped a nation. Discover some of the world's rarest rugby artefacts, and learn about some of the rugby greats. Get active in the 'Have A Go' area and tackle, scrum, jump, sprint and kick like the rugby legends.


Mangaweka Adventure Company

The Rangitikei River’s deep gorges are unique, serving up mild to wild journeys, from one hour scenic paddles to four-day adventures. Take the kids on the Papa Gorge family fun rafting trip and book in to the campground, or grab some mates for the half day raft and kayak combo.


River Valley Rafting

Discover the magic and beauty of the Rangitikei River on world class river rafting tours, from the intensity of a half day on the Grade 5 sections, gentle family floating trips to multi day wilderness adventures.


Te Manawa

The cultural heart of Palmerston North City, Te Manawa is a museum of art, science and history. Learn about the Manawatu region's nationally significant taonga, as well as contemporary art, science and heritage collections.


Coach House Museum

Feilding's Coach House Museum is home to an outstanding collection of rural NZ heritage, showcasing over 140 years of history. Visit the Coach House and enjoy a fascinating historical journey through the lives of early settlers and the development of the Region.


Feilding On A Friday

Feilding is a beautiful town, and on Fridays it really comes alive with much to see and do. The iconic Feilding Saleyards Guided Tour is a must-do where you can meet the local farmers and watch live cattle and sheep auctions. Then pop over to the Feilding Farmers’ Market and try out local produce and tasty artisan products like wine, cheese, breads, honeys and more.



Owlcatraz is a native bird and wildlife park featuring rare and interesting animals set amongst native bush and farmland. Learn the legends of Ruru, and see how the high tech enclosure mimics the exact weather patterns of the Owls natural environment.


The Herb Farm

Set on four acres of themed gardens, the family owned business has been producing 100 percent natural skincare and healing products sustainably on-site for the past 20 years. Enjoy fresh, local produce when dining in the cafe and feel your cares melt away during a much deserved pampering session in the beauty retreat.


Tui HQ

Home of all things Tui, including the iconic Tui Tower in Mangatainoka. Enjoy a guided tour to hear the fascinating history of one of New Zealand’s favourite brews in the museum of ‘His-Tui’, and go through the factory to see how it’s made. Indulge in a beer tasting, including a special brew that is only served here.



27 Victoria Avenue, 4410, New Zealand

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