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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 $139 to $885
30 minutes east of Taihape
Experience the freedom of riding using natural horsemanship techniques, encouraging communication between horse and rider. At River Valley Stables all our horses are ridden bit less and barefoot. No metal in their mouths or on their hooves.
River Valley Stables has something for everyone – from a short 2 hour trek, to a multi-day horse riding holiday. We even have packages including accommodation and meals.
We offer adventures for riders of all abilities, from beginner to experienced, and our packages can be tailored to suit you.
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