Free activities to enjoy
Five free experiences to have over the summer in north Manawatu¯ .
Some say the heart of the Manawatu¯ is in the north where the wide rolling countryside meets towering Ruahine mountain peaks. It’s a place where you can find the elusive and endangered whio ducks, hike extensive tracks, experience glowworms in Apiti, walk around the magical Mangahuia Wetlands, explore a national treasure at the Ian McKean Pinetum where you will discover the southern hemisphere’s largest collection of conifers, walk to the Rangiwahia Hut for views west to Mt Taranaki and south to Ka¯ piti Island, and peek into the we¯ ta houses at the Totara Reserve in the Pohangina Valley.
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The Mangahuia Wetlands in Rangiwahia.
The Ian McKean Pinetum on Renfrew Rd Rangiwahia.
Beat the heat in the Dress Circle. Inset: The bridge over the Umutoi Stream on the track to Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge and beyond. Below: See a we¯ ta.