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Palmerston North City offers the sophistication and diversity of a major city, surrounded by an outdoor enthusiasts dream.

The weather in Palmerston North in April is Autumn. Temperatures vary from 10-18dC.  Dress with layers and something warmer for the evenings.

Palmerston North is the seventh largest city in New Zealand. It has the wealth of facilities you would expect to find in a major city - yet it is compact, friendly and accessible. It’s a young person’s city with affordable accommodation, great bars, plentiful cafés and restaurants, a multiplex cinema, live theatre and music, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, shopping, an airport and much more.

Located 2 hours' drive from Wellington and 70 minutes' flight from Auckland, Palmerston North is well located to all major transport links.  Palmerston North's central North Island location is conveniently close to west coast beaches, and within easy driving distance to the Hawke's Bay wine region, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Ruapehu, and New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. It is easily accessible with regular flights from all major centres, and is within easy drive from Wellington, and central and lower North Island destinations.

Massey University is located 10 minutes' drive from the city centre. It is well serviced by bus links. Massey University is filled with lovely heritage buildings and park-like grounds located near Palmerston North city.

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The following are some of the things that you can see and do in Palmerston North


Palmerston North is surrounded by beautiful countryside.  A great way to experience this is by trying one of our local walking trails.

The New Zealand Rugby Museum contains New Zealands biggest and most comprehensive collection of rugby memorabilia and records, including some of the world's rarest rugby artefacts.

Feilding's Coach House Museum is home to an outstanding collections of New Zealand's rural heritage, showcasing over 140 years of history. Visit the coachhouse and a fascinating historical journey through the lives of early setters and the development of the region.

The cultural heart of the city, Te Manawa is a museum of art, science and history. Learn about the Manawatu regions nationally significant Taonga, as well as contemport art, science and heritage collections.

Victoria Esplanade comprises of 19 hectares of stunning gardens and features including bird aviaries, nature trails and a number of walks and a large duck pond. The onsite cafe offers tasty treats, ice cream and drinks, while a minature railway offers rides on weekends. Within the esplanade is the Dougal McKenzie rose garden which 5,500 varities and incorporates the International Rose Trial Grounds.

Palmerston North has a fantastic selection of shopping ranging from boutiques to malls and restaurants. We enjoy a culturally diverse city. This is reflected in our fantastic selection of local restaurants..