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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

Aspree Motor Inn
Aspree Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
700 Main Street, Palmerston North
The price is NZ$115 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

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! (348 reviews)

"Couldnt believe how large the unit was. Great family unit."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2020

Aspree Motor Inn
Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
4 out of 5
110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
The price is NZ$125 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

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! (977 reviews)

"Great hotel overall, we have stayed here before. Close to town , bars and restaurants."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2020

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$140 per night from 6 Nov. to 7 Nov.

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! (990 reviews)

"Don't judge a book by it's cover. Pretty ordinary looking from the outside but very nice once inside. Checking in and out was a breeze; quick, efficient and courteous. Rooms were the same as most hotels/motels. Would happily recommend."…"

Reviewed on 5 Sep. 2020

Distinction Palmerston North Hotel & Conference Centre
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

Central Square Hotel
Central Square Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1-17 Fitzherbert Avenue, Corner of, Fitzherbert Avenue and The Square, Palmerston North

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! (507 reviews)

"Great location. Well set up rooms. Clean and reception were helpful when Expedia had not advised of the prepaid booking. This did slow check in but they worked through the issues."…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug. 2020

Central Square Hotel
Rose City Motel
Rose City Motel
4 out of 5
120 - 122 Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North
The price is NZ$145 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

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
Bentleys Motor Inn
Bentleys Motor Inn
4 out of 5
Cnr Linton & Chaytor Streets, Palmerston North
The price is NZ$140 per night from 30 Oct. to 31 Oct.

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! (367 reviews)

"Spotless and loved the spa pool in our unit.A great bonus"…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2020

Bentleys 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.

Top activities in Palmerston North

Reviews of Palmerston North

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 59.195402298850574%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 14.224137931034482%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Jun. 2020

Great, easy navigation.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 May 2020

Love the feel of the surrounding outdoors areas

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.

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