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From the rugged country of the Whanganui River and National Park to the Ruahine Ranges, to the awe inspiring Manawatu Gorge, this is great country for the outdoorsman (or woman).
Experience the past with a trip on the restored Whanganui River paddle boat or have a go at white water canoeing. There are 239 named rapids! The region is also home to the "Bridge to Nowhere".
The urban centres of Palmerston North and Wanganui have their own attractions too. Try the Jazzboat Festival in Wanganui and visit Cook’s Gardens, famous for athletics. It was here that Peter Snell set the world mile record in 1962.
In Palmerston North visit the Rugby Museum to learn about New Zealand’s passion for the sport. Also in Palmerston North you will find the stunning, 3 hectare Rose Gardens. Then for a completely different insight into the world of New Zealand farming, take a tour of to the livestock sale in Fielding where up to 15,000 sheep are sold at each sale.
Other Rural Manawatu
Prices from $65 to $250
40 minutes from Feilding and less than an hour from Palmerston North.
Makoura Horse Treks takes you and your trusty horse on loop ride through some of New Zealand's finest scenery. Enjoy views of the beautiful Ruahine Ranges, gullies, rivers and native bush. Enjoy the sounds of native birds and wildlife and most important; peace and quiet.
It is horse trekking at its best on the door step of Palmerston North and Feilding. We offer:
1 hour rides for $65pp- where we ride past our waterfall and loop back past Makoura Lodge.
2 hours rides for $110pp- where we ride down the crystal clear Coal Creek and through native bush. Suitable for begin
Other Rural Manawatu
Prices from $109 to $739
30 minutes east of Taihape
River Valley Stables has as it's core the building of solid relationships between horse and rider.
What we aim to do is provide you, the rider, with well mannered, well fed, sure footed, confident and happy horses. Being able to ride horses such as these over a dramatic hill country landscape is an experience to be treasured.
The way we go about training our horses is by using Natural Horse Training techniques. This is a loose rein riding technique where horses are ridden without a bit. It has much in common with a more western style of riding where the Training t
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