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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
4 out of 5
110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North

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

4.1/5Very Good! (1,379 reviews)

"The hotel was really not interested in my booking as it came through Expedia. I was stuck in a motel like room and not in the Hotel itself and was told this was the room type on expedia. If this the case then this should be well presented on Expedia."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020

Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
Aspree Motor Inn
Aspree Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
700 Main Street, Palmerston North
NZ$119
per night
5 Apr. - 6 Apr.

Situated in Palmerston North, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of The Square, City Library and Te Manawa. New Zealand Rugby Museum and Arena Manawatu are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (298 reviews)

"Very friendly staff, accommodate our needs, modern interior, has everything we need"…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2020

Aspree Motor Inn
Quest Palmerston North
Quest Palmerston North
4.5 out of 5
1-17 Fitzherbert Avenue, Corner of, Fitzherbert Avenue and The Square, Palmerston North
NZ$120
per night
5 Apr. - 6 Apr.

Located in the heart of Palmerston North, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Square, City Library and Te Manawa. New Zealand Rugby Museum ...

4.2/5Excellent! (484 reviews)

"Great location, off street parking, comfortable rooms."…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar. 2020

Quest Palmerston North

Top activities in Palmerston North

Arrival Transfer: Palmerston North Airport to Palmerston North City Centre Hotel
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Arrival Transfer: Palmerston North Airport to Palmerston North City Centre Hotel

NZ$28
Per adult
Departure Transfer: Palmerston North City Centre to Palmerston North Airport
Image for Departure Transfer: Palmerston North City Centre to Palmerston North Airport

Departure Transfer: Palmerston North City Centre to Palmerston North Airport

NZ$28
Per adult

Reviews of Palmerston North

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 59.56204379562044%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 14.452554744525548%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.8759124087591241%
1 - Terrible
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Mar. 2020

Only stated one night for business, did not go anywhere, left first thing in morning

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Mar. 2020

Nice little city, the square shopping complex area is convenient, dont have to walk for ages to get to next shop like other towns/cities

4/5 - Good

Shirley

18 Mar. 2020

This was a one day trip no time for anything other than what i came for

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Mar. 2020

Great location.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

3 Mar. 2020

Palmy is Palmy, Expedia sucks because of surveys surveys surveys

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Feb. 2020

Nice place to visit family