A growing city of 74000 citizens on the banks of the Manawatu River in the lower North Island of New Zealand. Known as the Knowledge City, and the home to Massey University, UCOL, the International Pacific College the adidas Institute of Rugby and numerous research institutes. The city is flat, and is ideal for cycling.

Sadly, the city is lacking in the local attractions department, the wind farm on the Tararua Ranges and Pork Chop Hill. The weather is typically overcast, windy, or rainy.