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Palmerston North is known as the City of Knowledge due to its research institutions and most successful University and its one of the regions largest provincial cities. Many of the buildings are original  and dating back to the 1920's and 30's
One hour North is The Gumboot Capital of Taihape and each year they hold the Gumboot Festival a real local event and great fun. Gravity Canyon is an awesome Flying Fox experience.

Sub Regions


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Known as the Gumboot Capital located in Northern Manawatu is the town of Taihape, a great place to stop for a break on your journey and you cant miss the Mangaweka Airport and old DC3 Aircraft. Why not stop and say Hello to lovely Helen at Hiway Koffee, she makes a great coffee and you can go aboard the DC3. Nearby and East of Taihape is Mokia Gravity Canyon where you can take with two other friends for the awesome Triple Flying Fox plus other exciting adventures.



Hunterville is a small town located on the Porewa River, in 1887 the Rilway arrived here and as a result the town grew to a population of 546



The Town of Woodville is a friendly town with a population of around 1300 today. Copper was mined here in 1887 and today you can  enjoy a peaceful walk through the forest this is a easy walk on the flat as well as there being a more challenging one through the area where they mined the copper. This is a two hour walk or you can do the longer 3 Hour Coppermine Loop Track or the 3 to 4 Hout Whariti Peak Track. Locally wind turbine farm assists with generating power for the region.


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The Edwardian town of Fielding with is re bricked footpaths and flower bed that has a elegance all of its own. The shops are set in the small town which means you can explore without crowds and where a warm welcome awaits.

Enjoy the Farmers Markets held each Friday 


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Levin is a town north of Wellington and has a population of over 12,000 people. Located a short way from the Ocean and Waitarei Beach where you can enjoy the Tasman see and beaches and the rusting remains of the Hydrabad a sailng ship. The area is an Agricultural Community and has many factory outlets for clothes and what the town is known for. The Taraua Ranges are inland and offer adventure opportunities outdoors.

There is Yachting and Boating at Lake Horowhenua and South Lake Papaitonga a significant place for the Maori of the area their chief Maori Te Rauparaha.


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The Town of Foxton once was deep river port of importance for the Region in the shipment for the Manawatu flax industry - known in Maori as harakeke as is a native flax of New Zealand. In a radius of 16 Km's there were some 50 or so Flax Mills. Why not visit the Museum which shocases Flax Stripping,
Also close by is and exact replica of the De Molen Windmill a 17th Century traditional Dutch flour mill. The Manawatu River, its wetlands and the estuary and wetland. On the Esplanade is of Ramsar Statue for the international ornithological significance of the region and its bird life with migrating birds from over 37 species.


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Bulls is a small rural town,which was named after an English Gentleman by the name of James Bull, who arrived here in 1862 and opened the towns first General Store. Bulls is located at the junctions our State Highway's 1 and 3. 

Today there is a good mid of shops to explore and good quality eating places.


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The Town of Marton is the largest of the Rangitikei district Region, which is in the main cattle, deer and sheep farming.

There is a good array of shops to explore and the service one would expect find in a rural town. Of recent  the area has seen an increase of City Dwellers who want a more relaxed lifestyle.

More recently the area has been attracting city dwellers looking for a slower pace of life, with some beautiful gardens and local walks to explore who could blame them.