Rangitīkei: life off the beaten track

Travelling north or south along State Highway 1, it's easy to pass through Taihape, Mangaweka, Marton or Bulls unthinkingly, missing...


Enjoying beautiful views over the Rangitīkei. © Nicholas Allen

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Bulls Motel Visit website

On State Highway 1 south of Bulls, adjacent to the Rangitikei River, situated in rural garden setting. Excellent trout fishing and river walks. . . . More . . . 

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Activities

New Zealand Rugby Museum

There is only one true religion round here, mate, and that’s rugby union. Read the story . . . 

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Arena Lodge Visit website

Arena Lodge, one of Palmerston North's finest motels, specialising in affordable, luxury accommodation. The executive and one bedroom suites are ideal for business travellers and . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Manawatū: off the main drag

The Manawatū is a rich and deeply characterful part of the New Zealand landscape – perfect for a road trip. Read the story . . . 

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A'La Vista Motel Visit website

Affordable luxury. 17 ground-floor family and studio units with kitchen facilities, plus 1 access unit. Most have a double spa bath. FREE Ultra Fast/fibre optic WiFi. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Tararua: a glimpse of prehistoric New Zealand

Home to mighty ancient forests, protected by the work of dedicated conservationists, the Tararua District is teeming with life.  Read the story . . . 

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Safari Motel Visit website

Halfway between Wellington and Auckland, 14 fully air conditioned ground floor units allows travelers to enjoy all that you would expect in a motel. . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Off-the-beaten-track day walks

Explore hidden walking gems that require only a map, some sturdy footwear and a strong desire to get out there and explore.  Read the story . . . 

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Awatea Park Motel Visit website

AWATEA PARK MOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE is situated on the edge of beautiful and tranquil Awatea Park. Although situated in the heart of Palmerston North, . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Rangitīkei: life off the beaten track

The Rangitīkei River and surrounding countryside are truly exceptional. The landscape here is often rugged and always spectacular. Read the story . . . 

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Rose City Motel Visit website

Newly renovated and affordable Motel Accommodation in the center of Palmerston North. All units with free Ultra Fast Wi-Fi access and a Sky Decoder in . . . More . . . 

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Kiwi Studios Motel Visit website

Quiet and right in the centre of town! Several restaurants and the Regent Theatre within one minute walking distance. Enjoy FREE WiFi on all units . . . More . . . 

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Ambassador Motel Visit website

8 minutes walk to city centre, Ambassador Motel offers large, off-street parking areas with spacious grounds suitable for families, and a saltwater swimming pool. . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

A road less travelled: on the trail of a hot lamb sandwich

Travelling from Auckland to Wellington via Taumarunui, Napier, Gisborne and Tauranga in search of an old-fashioned Kiwi treat.  Read the story . . . 

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