Dannevirke was one of the original Scandinavian settlements in New Zealand.
Populated by Danes, Norwegians and Swedes in the 1870s.
Gallery of History on Gordon Street offers a comprehensive explanation of
the town's history. Dannevirke's Fantasy Cave is a must for families with
One of the largest provincial cities in the country, Palmerston North features
many restored historic buildings. There is a large tree-lined square at
the heart of the city surrounded by many cool cafes and restaurants.
is a thriving theatrical society here - check out what's playing at the
Regent on Broadway or Centrepoint Theatre. Rugby enthusiasts will appreciate
the New Zealand Rugby Museum.
Taihape was first known as 'Koronokonui', which means 'the place of the
big bird'. The big bird the Maori referred to was the Moa; a giant flightless
bird that stood more than 5 metres tall. Sadly it was hunted to extinction
many centuries ago.
the celebrated annual 'Gumboot Throwing Contest' and see how far you can
toss a gumboot across a paddock. The Taihape Domain features many excellent
Famous for its private museums featuring motorcycles, farm equipment, horse-drawn
carts and railway transports. It also has been voted New Zealand's most
beautiful town 12 times!
out the restored clock tower and beautiful gardens.
Visit Manfeild Park during one of its many car/motorbike race days.
In the heart of Horowhenua, Levin is a strong agricultural/ horticultural
region at the western foot of the Tararua range. It is within easy driving
distance of several beaches where fishing and swimming are popular pastimes.
Tararua ranges. Make sure you are well equipped and check the weather forecast
Lake Horowhenua is a popular place for leisure boating and picnicking.