Manawatu

Manawatu

Manawatu is said to have received its name by Hau, the great Maori explorer. On his quest to find his wife who had left him for another lover, Hau is said to have pursued her along the south west coast of the North Island. As he travelled along, he came across and named river mouths including Whanganui, Whangaehu and Rangitikei according to events that befell him at the time. He came across the Manawatu River. In awe of the sight and in fear he might not be able to cross it, he stated "Ka tu taku manawa" (My heart stands still).

Entering Manawatu at the town of Bulls, the route takes in pastoral landscapes and the town of Feilding, before arriving in the city of Palmerston North. From there, the first taste of the Tararua Ranges and an opportunity to head out to resupply in Levin before venturing further into the Tararuas.

 

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Manawatu is said to have received its name by Hau, the great Maori explorer. On his quest to find his wife who had left him for another lover, Hau is said to have pursued her along the south west coast of the North Island. As he travelled along, he came across and named river mouths including Whanganui, Whangaehu and Rangitikei according to events that befell him at the time. He came across the Manawatu River. In awe of the sight and in fear he might not be able to cross it, he stated "Ka tu taku manawa" (My heart stands still).

Entering Manawatu at the town of Bulls, the route takes in pastoral landscapes and the town of Feilding, before arriving in the city of Palmerston North. From there, the first taste of the Tararua Ranges and an opportunity to head out to resupply in Levin before venturing further into the Tararuas.

 

DOWNLOADS

Manawatu Region Trail Notes (630KB)
  Manawatu Region Maps (21MB - large file)

 

Note: Map is indicative only