University-city, rugged landscape, and lifestyle living
Whanganui-Manawatu -also spelled Wanganui- is a young region, partly due to the staff and students of Massey University and its associated research center , but also to a major defense personnel force at Ohakea. With its central location within the region, the student city Palmerston North (85,000 inhabitants) is also becoming a major logistics center. More laid-back, Whanganui (39,000) is the gate to the west coast beaches with great swimming, surfing, and fishing opportunities. Both on the coast and inlands, adventure tourism makes the most of the region’s fantastic outdoors. Lifestyle living is getting increasingly popular, with affordable housing by New Zealand’s standards and over 40% of the population living outside the cities. The mild climate around the coast hovers around 20-22C in summer and can go as low as 4C in winter. Temperatures further inland can be more extreme.