Manawatu & Wanganui

About The Region
Attractions + Events
Drive Times

About The Region

The Whanganui River spans 300 kms from up in the volcanic plateau of Mount Tongariro through Taumarunui and into Wanganui. Manawatu is an interesting place to visit away from the tourist crowds. Enjoy one of the many scenic driving routes and take in the cultural aspects and heritage stories about this region – just talk to the locals!

Attractions + Events

Top Natural Attractions

  • Climb the Memorial Tower on Durie Hill
  • Whanganui River
  • Visit the Bridge to Nowhere
  • Wanganui Regional Museum
  • New Zealand Rugby Museum – Palmerston North
  • Visit the historic town of Ratana
  • Manawatu Gardens
  • Pohangina Anticline
  • Ruahine Forest Park


Visit Manawatu and Wanganui attend one of the many local events in this region. Attending a local event is the perfect way to experience the friendly ‘Kiwi hospitality’.

  • June 2015
    Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival
  • 19th September 2015
    The Mudder, Marton (mud run)
  • March 2016
    Mountains to Sea Multispot (M2C)


Map of Manawatu Wanganui

Drive Times

From To Kms Hrs
Wellington Wanganui 193 kms 2hrs 27 mins
Wellington Martinborough 80.8 kms 1 hrs 07 mins
Martinborough Masterton 43.7 kms 40 mins
Taupo Wanganui 221 kms 2 hrs 37 mins
Wellington Napier 320 kms 4 hrs 30 mins