Hiring a campervan, motorhome or caravan is the ideal way to explore New Zealand’s North Island. Pick up your campervan or motorhome in the Manawatu-Wanganui region for sightseeing and adventures from the mountains to the edge of the Tasman Sea.
The Manawatu-Wanganui region offers so many experiences, you’ll find it hard to know where to start. The major cities of Palmerston North and Whanganui and smaller towns such as Ohakune and Taihape give you a diverse mix of food, wine and shopping experiences, with Palmerston North just 2 hours’ drive from the Wellington Airport.
While the cities and towns of the Manawatu-Wanganui region are beautiful, it’s the natural environment that you will really want to explore. The region provides a plentiful bounty of lakes, mountains, rivers and forest, all within short driving distance of your choice of campground. The Whanganui National Park borders the Whanganui River and offers hiking trails, river adventure boat rides, the scenic Bridge to Nowhere, and colonial-era farmhouses.
Outside the National Park, the adventure continues, with numerous locations for white water rafting, bungee jumping, mountain bike riding and other extreme adventure activities. For those fainter of heart, there’s horse riding, still water river tours, and even the beautiful Victoria Esplanade Gardens in Palmerston North.
The Tongariro National Park is another well rounded cultural and natural environment experience available in the Manawatu-Wanganui region. The Tongariro Vistors Centre provides cultural and historical information about the area, as well as general travel advice, it’s the perfect place to plan your hike across the incredibly beautiful Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
For those wanting to soak up the local history, the Manawatu area offers a range of museums, including the iconic New Zealand Rugby Museum and Te Manawa, and the region’s innovative and cutting edge science, art and history museum. The areas around Palmerston North feature an eclectic collection of smaller, bespoke museums which are well worth stopping for.