Apiti is a small rural township in northern Manawatu, with a small population of friendly people who revel in the natural and quiet surroundings. Apiti is the gateway to the Ruahine Ranges, a key natural asset of the Manawatu. The township is well known for its hospitality and the great annual events held there.
Apiti means “gorge” in Maori — an accurate description of the high hills and intersecting gullies of this little township and district situated 40 kilometres north of the nearest town of Feilding and 457.2 metres above sea level.
The first European settlers arrived in Apiti during July, 1886. They had been allotted their bush-covered sections as members of the Feilding Small Farm Association. The government of the day was intent on “putting the small man on the land” and the development of special settlement schemes was the result. Associations were formed so that members could ballot for land which they were able to pay for in installments. The “Feilding Special Settlement” group was allocated 10,000 acres of heavy bush country which was cleared for farming over the next twenty years. Some of the fine timber was milled, but much of it was burnt so that farms could become productive as quickly as possible.
On the last Friday of every month is the Apiti Tavern International Night. Dress up and enjoy the ethnic entertainment. Ph 06 328 4802.
A huge turn out from all around Manawatu every year for the Apiti Anzac Day celebrations. Catering by the army, flyovers by the airforce.
The Feilding Lions Apiti 4WD Safari.
March every year, organized by the Feilding Lions.
Community Committee Liaison Councillor — Del Gibb, ph 06 323 7570
Community Committee Chairperson — Lex McKenzie, ph 06 328 4852
Community Committee Secretary — Pat Prince, ph 328 4714