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The Manawatu area has endless opportunities to experience the great outdoors, from short walks in native bush, half-day walks through the breathtaking Manawatu Gorge, to tramping in the Ruahine or Tararua Ranges. Museums, gardens and arts and crafts are everywhere, with many cottage industries to be discovered in the Pohangina Valley. The area provides all types of accommodation from top class hotels, motels, hostels, bed and breakfasts to home and farmstays. An excellent mix of restaurants and bars to suit all palates are a popular feature of the area.

Great small art and craft trails take you from one end of the district to the other, taking in outlets selling a range of items from antiques and collectables through to locally made natural wool products and Maori handicrafts.

The Manawatu has a number of historic homes. Some can be viewed as you visit the gardens that surround them, or you have the option of joining a guided tour to learn more about the architectural heritage.

Drive through the Manawatu Gorge

There are many museums in the Rangitikei, ranging from the impressive collections at the Air Force Museum at Ohakea and the Army Museum in Waiouru to the smaller, specialised memorabilia contained in the Taihape, Hunterville and Marton museums.

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Rangitikei and Manawatu's climate:

Average Summer temperature; 21.8c
Warmest months; December to March
Average Winter temperature; 13c
Average Hours of sunshine per year; 1730hrs
Average annual rainfall; 967mm

Popular Rangitikei and Manawatu activities

Walks and hikes through the Ruahine and Tararua Forests
Visit the Manawatu Rugby and Science museums
Raft, Kayak or Jet boat the Rangitikei River
Visit the Air Force museum at Ohakea
See the birds at the Mt Bruce national wildlife centre

Key Features

Unusual landscapes are a feature of the Tongariro National Park.


Volcanic hiking
Gifted to the nation by the Ngati Tuwharetoa, Tongariro National Park enshrines three massive active volcanoes. Unforgettable hiking trails, including the famous Tongariro Crossing, run around and up the mountains.

River - Ruapehu


Whanganui National Park
The Whanganui River winds its way through hills and valleys from the mountains of the central North Island to the Tasman Sea. To appreciate its beauty, kayak or journey down the river with local Maori guides.

Skiing - Ruapehu


Winter sports
Imagine skiing or snowboarding on an active volcano. On Mount Ruapehu, it's a reality. Turoa and Whakapapa ski areas will tempt you with world class facilities and a huge range of runs - from beginner to advanced.

Key Tips

  • The Ruapehu region is home to the Tongariro National Park, the Whanganui National Park and the Whanganui River. It is a four hour drive from Auckland or Wellington and close to Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Taupo.
  • Mountain weather can be cold, even in summer months, so be prepared. You should also be well equipped for journeys in the remote Whanganui National Park.
  • When it comes to disposing of rubbish in the national parks and conservation areas, the rule is "carry it in, carry it out".
  • Consider enlisting the services of an experienced local guide, who will enrich your travels with knowledge of the landscape and its history.





Population: 14,300
Area: 6,700km2

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