Whanganui - Manawatu Recreation

There's a great diversity of attractions in Whanganui Manawatu - from kayak adventures to bustling weekend Farmers' Markets.
Looking for general recreation information?

Adventure activities include rafting, kayaking, gokarting, horse trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing and more. There are lots of opportunities to experience New Zealand country life and some great public and private gardens to enjoy.

Manawatu | Tourism New Zealand

Whanganui | Tourism New Zealand

Events Whanganui

Events | Destination Manawatu

Events | Palmerston North City Council

Sports clubs and social groups

New Zealanders enjoy a huge range of sporting activities - the Sport New Zealand website lists everything from Aikido to Zen Do Kai!  Check the site to see what’s available in the Whanganui-Manawatu region and how you can get involved. Joining a club is a great way to meet people.

Find a sport | Sport New Zealand

Clubs in Whanganui-Manawatu | CAB


There are many opportunities to stretch your legs, clear your lungs and get close to nature on the walkways and tracks you’ll find wherever you go in New Zealand. Check the Department of Conservation (DOC) site to find the great walks available in the Whanganui-Manawatu region. You'll also find information about the parks and open spaces available near you on your local council website.

Walks in Manawatu-Whanganui | DOC

Horizons regional park

Whanganui parks and reserves | Whanganui District Council

Manawatu parks and reserves | Manawatu District Council

Parks and reserves | Palmerston North City Council

Fishing rules

Both fishing and hunting are a big part of life for many in the Whanganui and Manawatu region. Check the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Fish and Game NZ websites for full information about licences and restrictions on hunting and fishing in freshwater. The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has information about the rules of fishing in the sea. 

It is very important to be aware of restrictions as there can be serious penalties for breaching them. 

Hunting in Manawatu/Whanganui | DOC

Fishing by region | NZ Fishing

Central area fishing rules | MPI

Dog walking areas/ dog regulations

New Zealand has various laws about looking after and controlling dogs and other animals. Each council has their own bylaws so check out your local council website for details. 

Dogs | Whanganui Council

Dogs | Palmerston North City Council


The Whanganui Manawatu region features great tracks through beautiful scenery. Find out more about the tracks available in the region at the websites below.

Whanganui City Council | Cycling

Whanganui | Road cycling club

Adventure Cycling | Mountains to Sea

Manawatu | Cycling clubs

Art and culture

Museums and galleries

There are a number of museums and art galleries to visit in the Whanganui Manawatu region. You'll find details of each on the NZ Museums website. 

Whanganui/Manawatu | NZ Museums

Whanganui museum

Te Manawa | Palmerston North City Centre


These sites give information about shopping in Whanganui Manawatu, including shopping malls in the main centres.

Main Street | Whanganui

Shopping | Manawatu


There are many community markets around the region selling produce, crafts and second hand goods.

The River Traders

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