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Friars Region - Manawatu - Wanganui
Manawatu - Wanganui
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rural life and action adventure
The combined central North Island region of Manawatu/Wanganui showcases the best of New Zealand rural life. From the sand dunes and coastal plains of Himatangi and the Manawatu Estuary, through the Manawatu Gorge and Anticlines, to the mountains of the Tararua and Ruahine ranges, the area has a wealth of adventure and eco-tourism activities. The estuary formed by the Manawatu River at Foxton is popular with ecologists and birdwatchers (over 58 bird species including migratory birds), photographers and artists. The Manawatu Gorge, a very significant canoe route to early Maori, offers jet boating and kayaking activities, walks and, along with the other rivers of the region, excellent fly-fishing opportunities. The rugged mountains of the Tararua and Ruahine ranges provide opportunities for hiking, horse trekking or off-roading in 4WDs and quad bikes. Visitors can explore wonderfully relaxing country retreats, award-winning gardens, play golf on uncrowded championship courses, hunt for antiques, browse in country craft stores and visit historical homes. The Manfield Park raceway is known for competitive car racing and time trials.
areas within Manawatu - Wanganui
Friars has identified the following areas within Manawatu - Wanganui. Below is a breakdown of Friars listed hosts in Manawatu - Wanganui per locality.
- Wanganui City: Wanganui (1)
- Palmerston North: Palmerston North (1)
- Manawatu: Hunterville (1)
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