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The Manawatu region is known for it prosperous farming, including dairy, sheep and horticulture.

Good fishing can be had off the coastal beaches, and adventure tourism is rapidly growing, with opportunities to go tramping, rafting jet boating bungy jumping.

Palmerston North, with Massey University, is the research and education centre of the region, specializing in agriculture and veterinary and food science.

Manawatu is a region offering outstanding opportunities to experience New Zealand at its best - cosmopolitan yet proud of its rural roots. Situated in the lower half of the North Island it encompasses the city of Palmerston North, the town of Feilding, Ashhurst and many rural villages. The region's dramatic, diverse landscape offers new and unique possibilities, including the southern hemisphere's largest windfarm dominating the eastern skyline.

Region highlights include, Mokai Gravity Canyon - Bungy Jumping (Higest in the North Island) ,Flying Fox ( the most extreme flying fox (zip-line) in the world! ) River Valley Rafting Trips. Farming and cropping Garden tours The Taihape gumboot festival Tokomaru Steam Museum in Palmerston North

Mokai Gravity Canyon

Located in the spectacular Mokai Canyon just off State Highway 1, 20 minutes south of Taihape, Mokai Gravity Canyon is New Zealand's newest extreme tourist attraction. The site features an 80 metre (260ft) bungy jump into the narrow Mokai Canyon, with a 5 second freefall creating the ultimate ground rush. Experience more kiwi ingenuity with an exciting ride back to the bridge above in the world's first completely water-powered chair lift. To test you even further strap into the most extreme flying fox (zip-line) in the world. Launch from 170 metres off the river and zip down a 1km wire at speeds of up to 120kph. At just 6-10 metres above the river and between the canyon walls this is a ride like no other in the world!

A tantalising array of leisure pursuits, world class attractions, excellent services and facilities, plus one or two little known 'secrets' ensure the region's ability to host conventions, events, and incentives of all sizes - and imaginations. While embracing big-city sophistication, Manawatu retains the charms of a laid-back rural lifestyle. Visitors can explore wonderfully relaxing country retreats, award-winning gardens, play golf on uncrowded championship courses, hunt for antiques, browse in country craft stores, visit historical homes, or saddle up for an unforgettable horse trek adventure.

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