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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.

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$123 per night from 30 May to 30 May
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! (981 reviews)
"We stayed in the executive twin room. The room was clean and the water pressure of the shower was good. However I noticed that the base of the bed had a stain on it. Overall the hotel was pleasant to stay."

Reviewed on 9 May 2021

Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
Distinction Coachman Hotel, Palmerston North
Distinction Coachman Hotel, Palmerston North
4.5 out of 5
140 Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North
The price is NZ$127 per night from 28 May to 28 May
Situated in Palmerston North, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from The Square and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Massey University. City Library and Te Manawa are ...
4/5Very Good! (494 reviews)
"It was lovely and quiet, our room was rather dark and furnishings were somewhat dated, however it was comfortable and clean which was all that we required for a one night stay."

Reviewed on 5 Jan. 2021

Distinction Coachman Hotel, Palmerston North
Fitzherbert Castle Motel
Fitzherbert Castle Motel
3.5 out of 5
124 Fitzherbert Ave, West End, Palmerston North, Manawatu
The price is NZ$124 per night from 25 May to 25 May
Located in the heart of Palmerston North, this motel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from The Square and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Massey University. City Library and Te Manawa ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (266 reviews)
"Nice friendly owner. Offered selection of fruits when we arrived. Allowed to check in early as units have been cleaned. Close to the square, walking distance to shops and restaurants."

Reviewed on 10 May 2021

Fitzherbert Castle Motel
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$161 per night from 30 May to 30 May
Located in the heart of Palmerston North, this aparthotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Te Manawa and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Massey University. City Library and The Square ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (385 reviews)
"This was a great place to stay with good amenities and spacious rooms. It was just a studio unit but it felt bigger. It had everything we needed. We were able to park right outside our door which was very convenient. Friendly staff! Wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again if we are in Palmerston ..."

Reviewed on 18 Feb. 2021

Bentleys Motor Inn
Linton Cottage
Linton Cottage
102 Linton St, Palmerston North, Manawatu - Wanganui
Located in the heart of Palmerston North, this holiday home is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Te Manawa and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Massey University. City Library and The ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great, flexible accommodation in a handy location
"Property had everything we needed and was very easy to access. Recommended."

Reviewed on 28 Apr. 2021

Linton Cottage
Cozy Accommodation in an Historic Home
Cozy Accommodation in an Historic Home
642 Pioneer Hwy, Palmerston North, Manawatu - Wanganui
Situated in Palmerston North, this holiday home is 1 mi (1.5 km) from New Zealand Rugby Museum and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Massey University. Arena Manawatu and ...
Cozy Accommodation in an Historic Home
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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