The Manawatu Gorge is renowned as a unique landform because its river - the Manawatu River flows from one side of a mountain range to the other rather than from a divide, as with most rivers. It is possible to take a jetboat ride down the river rapids or for a slower pace a kayak. Also there is a really nice hike (the Manawatu Gorge Track) which takes about four hours one way and offers spectacular views of the Manawatu Gorge.
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Pohutukawa Flowers in the Manawatu Gorge Early Summer