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Shannon is a town of 1,600 people (2021) in the Manawatu region of the lower North Island of New Zealand. It is on SH 57 between Levin and Palmerston North.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Shannon is 110 km north of Wellington. Follow SH1 to Levin and the take SH57 to Shannon.

By bus[edit]

Intercity buses call at Shannon from Auckland, Wellington, Napier, Gisborne, Tauranga and New Plymouth. The bus stop for north bound buses is the bus shelter at 6 Ballance Street, and for south bound buses it is outside toilets at 7 Ballance Street.

By train[edit]

Kiwirail runs a train once per day Monday to Friday (not holidays) from Wellington departing at 5:15PM, calling at Paraparaumu and Levin, arriving at Shannon at 6:57PM, and continuing to Palmerston North. The morning service to Wellington leaves Shannon at 6:38AM.

  • 1 Shannon railway station. Shannon railway station (Q7488935) on Wikidata Shannon railway station on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

Map of Shannon (New Zealand)

By car or on foot


  • 1 Mangahao Hydroelectric Power Station and dams. An operational power station, built between 1919 and 1924.
  • Poutu Marae.
  • 2 Shannon Railway Station. The station was built in 1893, with extension in 1902, 1910 and 1936. For the expert it is a Modified Vogel class 4 station. Shannon railway station (Q7488935) on Wikidata Shannon railway station on Wikipedia


  • Go kayaking at the Mangahao White Water Park 300m slalom course.
  • Visit the Mangahao dams by trail bike.
  • 1 Buckley Golf Club.



  • Take a break from driving and have lunch or a snack at the local cafe or tea rooms.


  • Club Hotel, Ballance St.


  • 1 Club Hotel, 2 Ballance St, +64 6 362-7800. Budget accommodation.


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