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Manawatu Region AttractionsWoodville, Pahiatua - Woodville has the Gottfried Lindauer Replica Studio - a unique collection featuring one of New Zealand's most celebrated artists. Pahiatua lies near five rivers and is popular for trout fishing.
Eketahuna - Eketahuna is a great place to have a game of golf, take a swim in the town pool, or follow the heritage trail.
Utiku, Mangaweka - Check out the bungy action in the Mokai valley. There are also sightseeing walks, a cafe and flying fox.
Foxton - The original river port of the Manawatu region and centre of the flax industry. The town has a horse-drawn tram and trolley bus museum.
Manakau, Otaki - Manakau has a beautiful bay called Waikawa Beach. Otaki has served as a whistle stop for travellers to refresh since the days of stagecoaches.
Bulls - Bulls has a fun atmosphere making the most of its quirky name with 'un-forget-a-bull' adaptations of the word 'bull.'
Norsewood - Just north of Dannevirke, home of Norsewear knitted garments. Norsewood still retains its village-like ambience and has strong links to its Nordic past.
Ashhurst - A farming service town that is the gateway to the northern end of the Manawatu Gorge. Good trout fishing can be had in the nearby Manawatu River.
Sanson - Sanson is a small farming community in the heart of the Manawatu. It's main street has art and craft shops, and it is within easy driving distance of west coast beaches.
Hunterville - On the main trunk line between Wellington and Auckland, Hunterville has a settler's museum and native bush reserves.
Marton - A prosperous farming town, with the Dudding Lake Reserve, which offers swimming, boating and trout fishing. Also check out a maze made of maize!
Waitarere Beach - Whitebaiting, fishing, surfing and boating are popular activities on this west coast beach. Also, due to the sometimes windy weather, land yachting is catching on a favourite hobby.
Mangatainoka - Famous throughout New Zealand as the home of the Tui Brewery. Take a tour of the brewery then sample the product!
- The original river port of the Manawatu region and centre of the flax industry.
The town has a horse-drawn tram and trolley bus museum.