Palmerston North

Travel Guide

Love spas, cafes and kayaking? Get away to Palmerston North!

Explore the walkable area of Palmerston North—spas, theatres and sights from Arena Manawatu to The Square.

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.

Where to stay in Palmerston North

Distinction Coachman Hotel, Palmerston North
Distinction Coachman Hotel, Palmerston North
4.5 out of 5
140 Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North, 4410
The price is NZ$133 per night from 16 Jul. to 17 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Palmerston North. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (559 reviews)
"Boy racers in the night with loud exhausts keeping us awake. Better and closer fitting curtains for privacy and light"

Reviewed on 12 Jun. 2022

Distinction Coachman Hotel, Palmerston North
Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
4 out of 5
110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North, 5301
The price is NZ$159 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Palmerston North. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (990 reviews)
"Nice clean, comfortable and warm room and facilities - only minor thing is that breakfasts are a little over priced for what is on offer."

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2022

Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
Carramar Motor Inn
Carramar Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
45 Ruahine Street, Palmerston North
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$139 per night from 1 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star motel in Palmerston North. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (287 reviews)
"very comfortable, my husband has a early hospital appointment, we live 2 hours drive from here, so to be able to just walk across the road is magic"

Reviewed on 16 Jun. 2022

Carramar 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.
Bentleys Motor Inn
Bentleys Motor Inn
4 out of 5
Cnr Linton & Chaytor Streets, Palmerston North, 4410
The price is NZ$145 per night from 25 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Palmerston North. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (426 reviews)
"Amazing Spa"

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2022

Bentleys Motor Inn
Rose City Motel
Rose City Motel
4 out of 5
120 - 122 Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North, 04410
The price is NZ$158 per night from 26 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Palmerston North. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (179 reviews)
"Very clean, comfortable and close to plaza"

Reviewed on 21 Apr. 2022

Rose City Motel
Quest Palmerston North
Quest Palmerston North
3.5 out of 5
109 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North, 4110
The price is NZ$173 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Palmerston North. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Popular attractions The Square and Te Manawa are located ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (19 reviews)
"Handy location, hotel is in very good condition and nice and clean."

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2022

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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