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A Māori comb made of wood and woven cord.

14 OCTOBER - 11 FEBRUARYHe Ara Whāriki

The graduating students and tutors of the Maunga Kura Toi weaving programme at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa share their raranga works with you. The programme encompasses all aspects of Māori weaving and maintains the practices and techniques of the ancestors.

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11 NOVEMBER - 7 JANUARYSanta's Cave

Santa’s Cave is a much-loved Palmy institution, a favourite holiday treasure that’s been enchanting generations for more than 100 years! Since 1918 its sparkle and joy has put a smile on the faces of thousands of visitors every year. It wouldn’t be Christmas in Palmerston North without the Cave.

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18 NOVEMBER - 25 FEBRUARYMatatau 2023

The annual show where students graduating from the Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts at Toioho ki Āpiti, Massey University, exhibit their finished works.

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A view toward the cave section of Te Awa

Every dayTe Awa - The River

The Manawatū river is the life-blood of our region. Learn more about its history, meet its inhabitants, explore how we use water and discover how our region was formed. This exhibition includes The Water Room (which runs twice a week), a native fish tank, bug specimens, a cave walk-through and an impressive moa skeleton.
A group of children in the 1950s caravan

Every dayManawatū Journeys

Manawatū has always been a place that people have journeyed through; some stay for a long time, others only briefly. Quite often they leave behind an object that tells the story of their travels. Bringing them together in one large collection, Manawatū Journeys uses these mementos to tell the bigger story of settlement in our region.
Child plays in exhibition playground

Every day - Limits applyTamariki

Tamariki is a space for kids! Children under-8 and their whānau are welcome in this interactive, tactile play area.
Women and children in Victorian clothes stand outside the Tōtaranui cottage

By arrangementHeritage Buildings

The Te Manawa site includes two historic buildings: the Awahou schoolhouse and the cottage, Totaranui, believed to be the oldest residence in Palmerston North. Guided tours of these buildings are now available by arrangement, and entry is free (kōha welcome).