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Wanganui and Manawatu, New Zealand

Eating and Drinking in Wanganui and Manawatu, New Zealand

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Hansen’s Café and Bar


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Take the stunning scenic drive from Taihape out to the rural village of Kimbolton and reward your view-gazing efforts with a cool beer or crisp New Zealand wine in Hansen’s Café and Bar. Actually, you may as well treat yourself to lunch in this vibey place. Feeling almost local in the warm traditional setting I opted for a hearty steak sandwich, which arrived on flour-soft rye bread and was presented with the biggest of smiles. Everything on the New Zealand and café style menu is fresh, tasty and fantastic value.

Hansen’s Café and Bar
  • Prices: Meals and bar snacks range from $7 - $25. Opening hours dependent on day and time of year (it may be an idea to ring before visiting).
  • Contact: 2900 Kimbolton Road, Kimbolton, Manawatu
  • Tel: 06-328-5050
  • Fax: 06-328-5050
  • Email:
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Rydges Boutique Hotel

Palmerston North


This ever obliging and consistent restaurant bends over backwards, frontwards and even sideways to keep its guests smiling. When one GG owner visited recently she made a special, off-the-menu request for pan-fried fish. Out it came, “beautifully presented, and beautifully cooked with the wee salad in a ramekin.” And if you decide to stick to the menu, the restaurant is great on spices - especially Asian fusion.

  • Prices: $29 for a main.
  • Contact: 140 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
  • Tel: 06-356-5065
  • Fax: Palmerston North
  • Email:
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Wanganui and Manawatu Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in Whanganui National Park and its grade II major river. This key shipping route of the past is now an action zone for canoes, kayaks and jet boats while the park itself is crying out to be walked in.
  • Drive the Whanganui River road to Pipiriki. Try not to stop at every scenic photo opportunity or you may be some time.
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