The Manawatu Riverside Walkway and Bridle Track extends for 10km along the banks of the Manawatu River and the picturesque Esplanade.
For those who enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of parks and gardens - this is the place to be. The Manawatu Riverside Walkway and Bridle Track extends for 10km along the banks of the Manawatu River and the picturesque Esplanade is a superb park stretching along its shores only a few blocks south of the Square. Cross Hill Gardens is a 45-minute drive north of the city, but well worth the trip if your passion is rhododendrons and azaleas! Being in bloom from September through to April, these gardens represent the country’s largest and most varied collection and also includes lillies, hostas, dahlias and hydrangeas. Herb farms abound, with several offering tours and hands-on demonstrations of harvesting and the distilling of essential oils. These are unique attractions where you can enjoy a sensory experience, see and walk around natural themed gardens, taste delicious food and relax in delightfully scented sanctuaries.
As with other great New Zealand adventure destinations, this region hosts exciting jet boat tours in the shallow waters and rapids of the scenic Ruamahanga and spectacular Manawatu rivers. Horse trekking, bridge swinging, abseiling, drift and white water rafting, and kayaking are available in this incredibly scenic area that still remains relatively unspoilt by over-commercialism.