Palmerston North

Travel Guide

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.

Fitzherbert Castle Motel
Fitzherbert Castle Motel
3.5 out of 5
124 Fitzherbert Ave, West End, Palmerston North, Manawatu
The price is NZ$130 per night from 20 Oct. to 20 Oct.
Located in West End, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of The Square, City Library and Te Manawa. Victoria Esplanade and New Zealand Rugby Museum are also ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (298 reviews)
"Great large room. Really friendly staff. Promptly fixed a problem. Really enjoyed our time there and would stay again."

Reviewed on 9 Oct. 2021

Fitzherbert Castle Motel
Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
4 out of 5
110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
The price is NZ$151 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
This family-friendly Palmerston North hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of The Square, Te Manawa and City Library. New Zealand Rugby ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (991 reviews)
"We booked this hotel because it had a bar and restaurant no notification until we walked in the door to say it was closed due to COVID disappointing.We went to restaurants in town that were open and busy. Our room had a bad drainage smell probably because it hadn’t been used much but you would think ..."

Reviewed on 6 Oct. 2021

Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
Cornwall Motor Lodge
Cornwall Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
101 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
The price is NZ$168 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Located in West End, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of The Square, City Library and Te Manawa. New Zealand Rugby Museum and Victoria Esplanade are also ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (598 reviews)
"Xdfff"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2021

Cornwall Motor Lodge
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.
Bentleys Motor Inn
Bentleys Motor Inn
4 out of 5
Cnr Linton & Chaytor Streets, Palmerston North
The price is NZ$153 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Located in West End, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Te Manawa, City Library and The Square. New Zealand Rugby Museum and Victoria Esplanade are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (407 reviews)
"Clean units, friendly people."

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2021

Bentleys Motor Inn
Rose City Motel
Rose City Motel
4 out of 5
120 - 122 Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North
The price is NZ$154 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
Located in West End, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Square, City Library and Te Manawa. Victoria Esplanade and New Zealand Rugby Museum are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (172 reviews)
"Great and quiet. Good distance from city centre. Cleaners were prompt and friendly."

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2021

Rose City Motel
Quest Palmerston North
Quest Palmerston North
3.5 out of 5
109 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
The price is NZ$173 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
Located in West End, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The Square, City Library and Te Manawa. New Zealand Rugby Museum and Victoria Esplanade ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (11 reviews)
Nice and new
"Very nice hotel. New and clean. Comfortable bed and clean fresh linen and towels. Definitely would stay here again."

Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2021

Quest Palmerston North
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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