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Things to do in Manawatu-Wanganui Region

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#1 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Scenic Railroads
Owner description: Forgotten World Adventures provide self-driven NZ rail tours along the decommissioned railway line of the Forgotten World... more » Owner description: Forgotten World Adventures provide self-driven NZ rail tours along the decommissioned railway line of the Forgotten World Highway, the SOL line, in specially modified rail carts. Departing from Stratford, Whangamomona or Taumarunui, New Zealand, enjoy a one or two day tour exploring the deep hidden valleys of New Zealand's Forgotten World. « less
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Mount Ruapehu (Tongariro National Park)
#2 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Mountains; Volcanos; Ski/ Snowboard Areas
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Kowhai Park (Wanganui)
#3 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Parks; Playgrounds

Kowhai Park is a delightful  park for the young ones. It provides bundles of fun for the kids while you relax under one of thew many luscious green trees. It has a shallow pool... more »

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#4 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Playgrounds
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#5 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Biking Trails
Owner description: Whether it's cruising around Ohakune quaint township, exploring the forgotten Ohakune Old Coach Road trail, or blasting down... more » Owner description: Whether it's cruising around Ohakune quaint township, exploring the forgotten Ohakune Old Coach Road trail, or blasting down to the famous Bridge to Nowhere. The Mountain Bike Station can show you the real reason why Ruapehu has become the must-do destination for mountain bikers of all skills and thrills. « less
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Victoria Esplanade Gardens (Palmerston North)
#6 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Gardens
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Virginia Lake (Wanganui)
#7 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Bodies of Water
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Whanganui River (Wanganui)
#8 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Bodies of Water
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The Timber Trail, Pureora Forest (Pureora Forest Park)
#9 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Trails
Owner description: The Timber Trail, nestled amongst the luxuriant 1000-year-old Podocarp rain forest park of Pureora. Situated in the Central... more » Owner description: The Timber Trail, nestled amongst the luxuriant 1000-year-old Podocarp rain forest park of Pureora. Situated in the Central North Island, between Te Kuiti, Lake Taupo and Taumarunui, accessible off State Highway 30.The 80km, grade 2 cycle trail, and walk way wields its way through native trees from Pureora Village to Ongarue.Cycle the full length of The Timber Trail comfortably in 2-3 days or take one of the shorter options, guided, supported or non-supported. « less
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#10 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Owner description: The National Army Museum, is an army war museum in Waiouru, New Zealand, providing access to a unique collection of military... more » Owner description: The National Army Museum, is an army war museum in Waiouru, New Zealand, providing access to a unique collection of military exhibits, vehicles, memorabilia and public research material. The Museum is guardian to many of our national treasures, the displays are exceptional, the experience unforgettable.The Museum's Military Archive & Research Library is one of the leading military research centres in New Zealand. The Museum Gift Shop has an assortment of quality products for any special occasion. Kidz HQ is an interactive area for the children to enjoy; with puzzles, dress up and so much more. Our Cafe offers an array of tempting morsels to satisfy your taste buds.The National Army Museum open from 9.00am - 4.30pm seven days a week (with the exception of Christmas Day when the Museum is closed). Discover New Zealand's military history, engage with real life soldiers' stories and reflect on how conflict has shaped our nation. « less
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#11 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
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Te Manawa (Palmerston North)
#12 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Museums

Te Manawa is located in the City Centre of Palmerston North. Te Manawa is an Art Gallery and Museum with a strong community focus. Te Manawa has changing art exhibitions, long... more »

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Bridge to Nowhere (Wanganui)
#13 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Bridges
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Old Coach Road (Ohakune)
#14 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Biking Trails
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Manawatu Gorge Track (Palmerston North)
#15 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Hiking Trails
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#16 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Gardens
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#17 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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#18 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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#19 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Museums
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Mokai Gravity Canyon (Rangitikei District)
#20 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Bridges; Canyons
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#21 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Horseback Riding Stables
Owner description: River Valley is an adventure company that operates from River Valley Lodge, an Adventure Lodge situated 32 kilometers east of... more » Owner description: River Valley is an adventure company that operates from River Valley Lodge, an Adventure Lodge situated 32 kilometers east of the central North Island town of Taihape. What is River Valley all about? River Valley is all about rafts and horses. In fact 3 generations (since 1982)of guides have brought adventures based around river rafting and horse back riding to the general public. Rafting ranges in duration from half day Grade 5 trips on the Rangitikei River - often called one of the world's top half day Grade 5 trips - to gentle floats in the midst of spectacular scenery on our Scenic rafting trips. Horse Trekking. The core of the River Valley Stables riding experience is the natural horse training techniques used to train our horses. This produces horses that are responsive and happy. All riding takes place over the beautiful hill country of this area - the northern Rangitikei. « less
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#22 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Race Car Tracks
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Fantasy Cave (Dannevirke)
#23 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Caverns/ Caves
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Centrepoint Theatre (Palmerston North)
#24 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Theaters
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Owlcatraz (Shannon)
#25 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: This is a bird wildlife park with owl house, NZ weka birds, a lake, wild salmon, mini train rides for the kids picnic area,... more » Owner description: This is a bird wildlife park with owl house, NZ weka birds, a lake, wild salmon, mini train rides for the kids picnic area, gift shop, and giant cows lovely park, theres a pig that begs for food shhep and a deer called Grace. « less
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#26 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Museums
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New Zealand Rugby Museum (Palmerston North)
#27 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Museums
Owner description: The sport that shaped a nation.How did rugby come to play such an important role in the culture and heritage of New Zealand,... more » Owner description: The sport that shaped a nation.How did rugby come to play such an important role in the culture and heritage of New Zealand, and why are the All Blacks so good?Explore the rich history and folklore of the nation’s game, see some of the world’s rarest rugby artefacts, and learn about some of our rugby greats. You can get active by testing your rugby skills in the dedicated “Have A Go” area and measure yourself against the best. « less
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#28 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
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#29 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
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Foxton Beach (Foxton)
#30 of 54 attractions in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Category: Beaches
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