About Palmerston North
Palmerston North is New Zealand’s 7th largest city, with a population of over 86,000. It is a university town, with Massey University and many government owned research centres based on a large campus at the south of the city. The wider region is called Manawatu-Whanganui, covering over 22,000 km2. The region includes many smaller towns, farmland, several rivers, and the Manawatū Gorge, and extends the full width of New Zealand’s lower North Island.
Attractions within the region include the New Zealand rugby museum based at the Te Manawa museum in Palmerston North, Owlcatraz native bird and wildlife park, the Herb Farm gardens, the Manawatu River pathway walk, and Victoria Esplanade park, swimming, walking, horse trekking or mountain biking at the Te Apiti Manawatu Gorge. Check the Te Apiti windfarm, or have fish & chips at Foxton Beach like a local (on a clear day you can see up to Mt Taranaki and down to the South Island).
For those who wish to extend their stay and travel further, we are happy to suggest iconic New Zealand activities in the lower North Island such as the Kapiti Island bird sanctuary and nature reserve, jet boating at the Huka Falls in Taupo, Te Papa national museum or Peter Jackson’s Weta Studios in Wellington, vineyards in the Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa regions, the charming Art Deco seaside town of Napier, or hiking the Tongariro crossing where parts of the Lord of the Rings were filmed.