Your eco-tourism adventure awaits

In Horowhenua, eco-tourism isn't just a trend – it's a way of life

By embracing sustainable practices and immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the district, you become a kaitiaki (guardian) of our precious ecosystems and cultural heritage.

So, pack your sense of adventure and join us on a journey of discovery, where every step you take leaves a positive impact on the land we call home.

Explore Māori Culture

Start your eco-tourism adventure at the Piriharakeke – Generation Inspiration Centre with digital displays, soundscapes and a walk past traditional and modern art, as you immerse into Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga history, reo and taonga.

Explore the cultural significance of Te Maire Park’s Poutū Whare, located where the Manawatū and Tokomaru rivers meet, and near Whakawehi Marae, also known as the Poutū Marae. This cherished community spot offers a sanctuary for eco-explorers, fostering play, growth, and cultural education. With sustainability initiatives like the Tū Te Manawa programme in action, the community is dedicated to rejuvenating this area. 

Embrace Sustainable Transportation

Reduce your carbon footprint by opting for eco-friendly transportation options during your visit to Horowhenua.

For a leisurely and sustainable journey, run, walk, or cycle your way along the Queen Street East Walkway, offering safe pathways for fitness enthusiasts, dog walkers, and nature lovers, with access to scenic reserves for eco-friendly exploration.

Pedal through paradise at Cousin’s Avenue Track. Nestled amongst a mature pine reserve and boasting 1.8km of shared trail ideal for beginner riders and children. Take only photographs, leave only footprints, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Support Local Eco-Friendly Businesses

When it comes to spending money, choose places that prioritise sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Discover Petal and Bee Grocers, your one-stop shop for organic and whole foods, featuring locally sourced products, bulk foods, natural home cleaning items, skincare, and plastic-free homeware.

Rest easy knowing that your accommodation follows eco-friendly practices at Kauri Tree Pod off-grid experience.

Learn about the sustainable journey of Hemp Connect, located in Horowhenua, where their factory serves as the cornerstone of their mission. Here, a single seed is transformed into a variety of 12 products, tailored for those in search of sustainable superfoods to fuel their adventures.

Engage in Eco-Adventures

Gladstone Reserve isn't just a picturesque gateway to the Tararua Range; it's also a haven for eco-adventure seekers looking to cool off and connect with nature. With safe swimming opportunities in the pristine Ōhau River, it offers a refreshing escape for those seeking sustainable outdoor experiences.

Lace up your hiking boots and embark on the epic Tararua Northern Crossing for a challenging trek through rugged landscapes. As you push your limits and test your skills in this pristine environment, you'll be sure to discover a profound sense of connection with the natural world and appreciation for the wonders of eco-adventure.

Participate in Conservation Efforts

Dive into the world of our district's often overlooked fauna at Wildlife Foxton Trust and learn about their vital role in our ecosystem. The tours offer insights into conservation challenges, including the impact of introduced species, fostering meaningful engagement with native and exotic wildlife.

Discover the largest estuary in the southern North Island, a UNESCO protected wetland famed for its birdlife. The Manawatū River Estuary hosts 95 bird species, including migratory godwits from Siberia. It’s a top birdwatching spot and popular for fishing and whitebaiting. Local organisations, including the Manawatū Estuary Trust and the Department of Conservation, ensure its preservation. Visit and enjoy this internationally significant ecosystem.