Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and holiday rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.


Manawatu - Wanganui Holiday

Originally a sheep farming area, this region is now a renowned destination for hiking and adventure sports. Come here to see bungee jumpers launching off New Zealand’s highest bridge.

Much of the fun in Manawatu - Wanganui region is centered on the two prominent river valleys. Hike the trails around the stunning Manawatu Gorge and enjoy some spectacular views of the Tararua and Ruahine mountain ranges on either side. As you make your way through the dense forest, you will hear the distinctive calls of tuis, bellbirds and other native birds. 

Thrill seekers won’t want to miss a trip on the Rangitikei River. Join a white-water rafting tour for a high-paced ride through the rugged scenery. All equipment is provided and an experienced instructor will guide you down the river’s bends and waterfalls. Expeditions set off from the village of Taihape, which is just under 90-minutes’ drive northeast of the town of Wanganui.

If you want even more excitement, make your way to nearby Mokai Gravity Canyon, home to New Zealand’s highest bridge bungee jump. Step off the bridge and fall 262 feet (80 meters) toward the river below. You can also try the zip-line tour, which reaches speeds of up to 100 miles (160 kilometers) per hour. There is also a 164-foot (50-meter) free-fall swing in the canyon. If you want to do all three, buy one of the combination tickets to receive a discount. 

Enjoy a slower-paced day wandering the parks and museums of Palmerston North. View authentic Māori artwork at Te Manawa in the middle of town or unwind in the idyllic Mackenzie Rose Garden at Victoria Esplanade. The town is a convenient place to base your exploration of the region and has several hotels as well as a range of good restaurants. 

The Manawatu - Wanganui region is in the lower half of New Zealand’s North Island. The town of Wanganui is an hour-long flight, or just over a 5-hour drive, south of Auckland. It’s also an hour by air from Auckland to Palmerston North, or a 6-hour drive. 

Summers in the region can be dry, so if you’re looking to enjoy the rapids at their raging best you may want to consider visiting in spring or autumn. Otherwise, hiking and bungee jumping are year-round attractions.


Top Manawatu - Wanganui Hotel & Accommodation Deals

See all 488 properties in Manawatu - Wanganui
Chateau Tongariro Hotel
Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2020
See details
 
Chateau Tongariro Hotel

Chateau Tongariro Hotel

State Highway 48, Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Had a wonderful stay. Loved the unique old world charm

    Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North NZ$123
    Reviewed on 1 Jun. 2020
    See details
     
    Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North

    Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North

    110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
       
      4.0 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      The king bed was very comfy. Shower pressure was not great. Some pictures on the wall would of been nice.

      Skotel Alpine Resort NZ$81
      Reviewed on 1 Jun. 2020
      See details
       
      Skotel Alpine Resort

      Skotel Alpine Resort

      Whakapapa Village, SH 48, Nagauruhoe Place Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park
         
        4.1 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        It was a great location for the walks & has stunning views

        The Park Hotel Ruapehu NZ$125
        Reviewed on 7 Mar. 2020
        See details
         
        The Park Hotel Ruapehu

        The Park Hotel Ruapehu

        6 Millar Street, Tongariro National Park, National Park Village
           
          3.9 of 5
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          nice clean rooms, large comfy bed small but had everything we needed.

          Distinction Coachman Hotel, Palmerston North NZ$120
          Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2020
          See details
           
          Distinction Coachman Hotel, Palmerston North

          Distinction Coachman Hotel, Palmerston North

          140 Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North
             
            4.0 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great location - quiet - clean - lots of parking - friendly check in and out

            The Peaks Motor Inn NZ$178
            Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2020
            See details
             
            The Peaks Motor Inn

            The Peaks Motor Inn

            128 Mangawhero Terrace, Cnr of Shannon St & Mangawhero Tce, Ohakune, Manawatu-Wanganui
               
              4.4 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Very friendly and ofcourse a convenient location for our stay

              Quest Palmerston North NZ$130
              Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2020
              See details
               
              Quest Palmerston North

              Quest Palmerston North

              1-17 Fitzherbert Avenue, Corner of, Fitzherbert Avenue and The Square, Palmerston North
                 
                4.2 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Great location, clean apartment and nice and modern.

                Aspree Motor Inn NZ$120
                Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2020
                See details
                 
                Aspree Motor Inn

                Aspree Motor Inn

                700 Main Street, Palmerston North
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Very warm and comfortable, great location, lovely staff, very pleasant decor

                  Manawatu - Wanganui Flight Deals

                  These prices were available within the past 7 days. Prices quoted are per person, return, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms apply.