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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.


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Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North NZ$113
Reviewed on 7 Dec. 2019
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Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North

Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North

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

    Good location only thing no air con in the room for hot days

    Skotel Alpine Resort NZ$68
    Reviewed on 7 Dec. 2019
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    Skotel Alpine Resort

    Skotel Alpine Resort

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

      Highly recommend, very friendly staff, great food and comfy beds!

      Chateau Tongariro Hotel NZ$195
      Reviewed on 12 Nov. 2019
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      Chateau Tongariro Hotel

      Chateau Tongariro Hotel

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

        Charming, historic property. Friendly, helpful staff. Small TVs with very limited channel choices. If you’re tall, don’t get a family room in a 3rd floor dormer room; ceiling quite low.

        Quest Palmerston North NZ$106
        Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2019
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        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

          Considering what is available today, the poor range of TV channels available. Otherwise it was very good.

          Distinction Palmerston North Hotel & Conference Centre NZ$118
          Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2019
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          Distinction Palmerston North Hotel & Conference Centre

          Distinction Palmerston North Hotel & Conference Centre

          175 Cuba Street, Palmerston North
             
            4.3 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Receptionist is helpful, she try her best to accommodate our requests. We enjoy our stay in this hotel.

            Cornwall Motor Lodge NZ$140
            Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2019
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            Cornwall Motor Lodge

            Cornwall Motor Lodge

            101 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
               
              4.7 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Friendly accommodating staff, excellent location, spacious and great amenities.

              Aspree Motor Inn NZ$115
              Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2019
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              Aspree Motor Inn

              Aspree Motor Inn

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

                Nice and clean, modern, comfortable. But no pool. Reasonably close to city. Plenty of parking.

                The Park Hotel Ruapehu NZ$113
                Reviewed on 9 Dec. 2019
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                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

                  We did not like that 1) only 1 hot tub was functional and 2) it was only open until 8pm which in my opinion is way too early. Most people are out doing things during the day and dont grt back until after dinner, not leaving much time to use the facility. The carpets in the room were stained making ...

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