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.

Bentleys Motor Inn
Bentleys Motor Inn
4 out of 5
Cnr Linton & Chaytor Streets, Palmerston North
The price is AU$133 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Located in West End, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Te Manawa, City Library and The Square. New Zealand Rugby Museum and Victoria Esplanade are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (405 reviews)
"Great location and great facilities"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2021

Bentleys Motor Inn
Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
4 out of 5
110 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
The price is AU$146 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
This family-friendly Palmerston North hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of The Square, Te Manawa and City Library. New Zealand Rugby ...
4.1/5Very Good! (992 reviews)
"Friendly staff"

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2021

Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
Destiny on Fitzherbert
Destiny on Fitzherbert
3.5 out of 5
127 Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North
The price is AU$150 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Located in West End, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of The Square and City Library. Te Manawa and Victoria Esplanade are also within 15 minutes.
4.5/5Wonderful! (77 reviews)
"Lovely Host, clean warm rooms. Lovely energy."

Reviewed on 16 May 2021

Destiny on Fitzherbert
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 AU$133 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Located in West End, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Te Manawa, City Library and The Square. New Zealand Rugby Museum and Victoria Esplanade are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (405 reviews)
"Great location and great facilities"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2021

Bentleys Motor Inn
Quest Palmerston North
Quest Palmerston North
3.5 out of 5
109 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
The price is AU$176 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Located in West End, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The Square, City Library and Te Manawa. New Zealand Rugby Museum and Victoria Esplanade ...
4.3/5Excellent! (9 reviews)
"Awesome location at the right end of town, and pretty much brand new. Great place to stay."

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2021

Quest Palmerston North
Rose City Motel
Rose City Motel
4 out of 5
120 - 122 Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North
The price is AU$149 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
Located in West End, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Square, City Library and Te Manawa. Victoria Esplanade and New Zealand Rugby Museum are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (170 reviews)
"Great and quiet. Good distance from city centre. Cleaners were prompt and friendly."

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2021

Rose City 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.

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