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Palmerston NorthNew Zealand

Surrounded by the mountain ranges of New Zealand’s North Island, this city is known for its rose gardens and live music scene. It’s also popular with cyclists. 

Smell the roses in botanical gardens, discover Maori treasures and modern New Zealand art, see a band and explore Palmerston North’s many bikeways. Start your exploration of the city in downtown, in The Square. Browse boutiques and galleries housed in buildings from the 1920s and 1930s and enjoy the gardens, fountains and modernist 1950s clock tower.

A short walk away is the New Zealand Rugby Museum where you can learn about the joys and sorrows of the country’s rugby history. For another cultural experience, catch a modern theatrical production at Centrepoint Theatre or the Regent Performing Art Centre.

Learn about the Maori people’s 700-year-long history in the area and discover their crafts and culture at the Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History.

Wander through the formal gardens by the Manawatu River at the Victoria Esplanade Gardens, which has over 5,000 species of roses. New species are trialled at the Dugald Mackenzie Rose Garden. The cottage gardens and woodlands at the 19th-century Greenhaugh Colonial Homestead are the perfect place for a picnic.

Enjoy the great outdoors on the Manawatu Cycleway, which passes through forests, country towns and plains all the way to Mangaweka. The Tararua ranges provide a scenic backdrop to the city and are popular with mountain bikers. Hike through rainforest, take a jet boat ride or kayak river tour, or jump on a vintage steam train east of the city at Manawatu Gorge Scenic Reserve.

Relax in the evenings at one of the country-style pubs or bars in the centre of Palmerston North. Enjoy some live music while tasting a locally brewed ale and black Angus steak, sourced from cattle in this fertile region.

Buses run daily to and from Palmerston North to Wellington, which is just a two-hour drive to the southwest, and to Hawkes Bay, located two hours’ drive to the northeast.

Top hotels in Palmerston North

Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
4 out of 5
110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$119 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

This family-friendly Palmerston North hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of The Square, Te Manawa and City Library. Massey University ...

4/5Very Good! (996 reviews)

"Very central, close proximity to the plaza. Enjoyed quiet stay at the accommodation."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2021

Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
Distinction Palmerston North Hotel & Conference Centre
Distinction Palmerston North Hotel & Conference Centre
4 out of 5
175 Cuba Street, Palmerston North
The price is NZ$133 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.

Located in the heart of Palmerston North, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from New Zealand Rugby Museum and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Massey University. City Library ...

4.3/5Excellent! (993 reviews)

"Stayed for 2 nights at Distinction. Rooms were tidy, clean and most of all - comfortable. Easy to find and central. Within walking distance to many eateries - both takeaway and sit down restaurants which was perfect for us as we had both of our children with us. Also a short 10min walk to PaknSave. ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2020

Distinction Palmerston North Hotel & Conference Centre
Aspree Motor Inn
Aspree Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
700 Main Street, Palmerston North
The price is NZ$125 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.

Situated in Palmerston North, this motel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from The Square and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Massey University. City Library and Te Manawa are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (372 reviews)

"Nice place to stay, the current female managers were very rude and disrespectful to us and also to the lovely older gentlemen who is taking over as manager of the motel. Didn’t want to help us at all and always staring at us. Very very rude, the place will be so much better without the 2 woman."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2021

Aspree Motor Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Palmerston North

Bentleys Motor Inn
Bentleys Motor Inn
4 out of 5
Cnr Linton & Chaytor Streets, Palmerston North
The price is NZ$140 per night from 22 Jan. to 23 Jan.

Located in the heart of Palmerston North, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Te Manawa and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Massey University. City Library and The Square ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (375 reviews)

"Family loved the spa , and the overall experience, anything you thought that you would need was provided"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan. 2021

Bentleys Motor Inn
Rose City Motel
Rose City Motel
4 out of 5
120 - 122 Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North
The price is NZ$145 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Located in the heart of Palmerston North, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from The Square and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Massey University. City Library and Te ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (163 reviews)
Great place to stay

"Friendly service, fast check in and handy to city. Great place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2020

Rose City Motel
Central Square Hotel
Central Square Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1-17 Fitzherbert Avenue, Corner of, Fitzherbert Avenue and The Square, Palmerston North
The price is NZ$121 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Located in the heart of Palmerston North, this luxury aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from The Square and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Massey University. City Library ...

4.2/5Very Good! (513 reviews)

"The location was perfect, it was clean and tidy and a nice spot to stay. We had people playing music at 6am in the room next to us which was quite loud - but apart from that, would definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2020

Central Square Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
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