Free ac­tiv­i­ties to en­joy

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - Pho­tos / Alexan­der Robert­son

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.

PHO­TOS / ALEXAN­DER

ROBERT­SON

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.

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