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What travelers to Palmerston North are saying

Palmerston North is a busy town on the main north/south road through the North Island. As such it is not a primary tourist destination but rather a way point.
DAVID R. 13 Nov 2015
Nice little city to come visit again.
Jason 5 Aug 2015

Perky Palmerston North

Generally in university cities, there is a ‘war’ being waged between the locals (or townies) and the students. Since New Zealand’s biggest uni, Massey University, is situated in Palmerston North, you would be forgiven for thinking the battle may loom large in this North Island town. But you would be wrong.

This friendly city on the banks of the Manawatu River and the base of the striking Tararua Mountain Range welcomes everyone – except John Cleese. Palmerston North and John Cleese didn’t really see eye-to-eye after a comedic dig the former Python made after playing there, and – long story short – now there is a rubbish dump named after him in the city, which is rapidly turning into one of the world’s stranger tourist attractions. But, for anyone who isn’t John Cleese, you’ll have a ball!


10. Tararua Wind Farm A short drive from the city is one of the largest wind farms in the Southern Hemisphere, which not only reinforces NZ’s clean, green credentials, but is hypnotically beautiful.

5. The Square The centre of town offers lawns, trees, fountains, lakes and a clock tower – the perfect place to have lunch and watch the local talent saunter by.

9. The Plaza The largest shopping centre in the region. Shop till you drop and then shop some more.

4. Hospital Medical Museum This collection of historic medical equipment will have you wondering if they wanted to fix people or torture them!

8. Regent on Broadway Catch a show in this refurbished beauty.

3. Victoria Esplanade An award-winning rose garden, a scenic railway, a conservatory and an orienteering course make it difficult to be bored in this riverbank park.

7. Manawatu Gorge Walk through the wildlife and experience the sort of nature only New Zealand can offer.

2. New Zealand Rugby Museum Hard as it is to admit, you have to respect the history of this mighty rugby nation.

6. The Gables These classic cars are ‘protected’ by a moat, and anything with a moat is awesome in our book.

1. Te Manawa A museum, art gallery and science centre; so squeeze in and get amongst it.


Do you have a poem bouncing around in your head? Throw caution to the wind and share it on National Poetry Day in July, or just sit back and listen to other people’s offerings.

Bring your wheels – your bike, not your car – in August for the Festival of Cycling.

In September, enjoy some local music with established and up-and-coming bands playing the annual SwampFest.

The Our People Our Place festival in September and October is a great chance to experience everything unique about the region.

In December, the Jenny Mair Highland Square Day will transport you to Scotland, with many Highland events and activities.


· Sunny is the name of the weather here, as Palmerston North generally experiences over 2,000 hours of the shiny stuff each year.

· Summer temperatures average a pleasant 23ºC, which will keep you warm enough while you explore the region.

· In winter, it can get chilly and normally sunny Palmerston North experiences the most rain at this time.


· Most places are easily reachable by foot, so get walking.

· You could also rent a mountain bike to explore the city and the surrounding areas.

· Alternatively, there is a bus network to move you throughout the city.

Hotels in Palmerston North

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From US$86

1 Camelot Motor Lodge Palmerston North

4 stars
4.7 / 5 14 reviews

295 Ferguson Street Map

Offering warm welcome and high standards of accommodation, this modern style property is an ideal place for a comfortable stay. GeneralThe Camelot Motor Lodge Palmerston North offers a superior... More

Very good overnight
This is a very efficiently run motel. The facilities are excellent and the bed comfortable. The outstanding feature is the shower room/ wet room. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. They...
14 Nov 2015
From US$84

2 Rose City Motel

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

120-122 Fitzherbert Avenue Map

Rose City Motel Palmerston North is ideal for business as well as leisure travellers. Guests can experience comfortable accommodation and quality stay in this hotel. Friendly reception staff at... More

Modern, comfortable, friendly
Great location in the main street. Staff very friendly and even walked you to your room and showed you where everything was. Room very modern and spotlessly clean and very spacious. Had a great...
21 Apr 2014
From US$63

3 Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North

4 stars
4.1 / 5 64 reviews

110 Fitzherbert Avenue Map

Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North offers contemporary accommodations in a central location ideal for business and leisure travellers in Palmerston North. After attending to business matters,... More

good for business trip
Stayed for 1 night during our trip. This hotel feels more like a business style than a resort style. Clean rooms and friendly service. Not too much to do in the hotel but not bad for a short stay
17 Sep 2015
From US$69

4 Distinction Palmerston North Hotel & Conference Centre - formerly Travelodge

4 stars
4.4 / 5 60 reviews

175-185 Cuba Street Map


To experience an exquisite blend of luxurious accommodation and comfort in a pleasing ambience, choose to stay at the Distinction Palmerston North Hotel & Conference Centre - formerly Travelodge.... More

Good option for families
We stayed in a twin room with our two children (ages 7 & 3). Room was a good size, location was great and staff were friendly. Highly recommend
18 Aug 2015
From US$88

5 Comfort Inn Kauri Court

4 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

248 Fitzherbert Avenue Map

To experience the splendour and elegance of perfect accommodation, the Comfort Inn Kauri Court Palmerston North is the ideal place for you to reside. GeneralThis exclusive property offers a well... More

From US$87

6 Hotel Coachman

4 stars
4.7 / 5 25 reviews

140 Filzherbert Ave Map

Assuring comfortable accommodation and quality amenities, Hotel Coachman Palmerston North welcomes guests for an unforgettable holiday in New Zealand. Monro Hill, New Zealand Rugby Museum, Square... More

Cosy overnighter
Stayed overnight to break the travel and found it to be very comfortable. The staff were very accommodating and facilities good. Didn't have the opportunity of using the restaurant/bar but it...
29 Apr 2014
From US$88

7 Quest Palmerston North

4 stars
4.8 / 5 5 reviews

1-17 Fitzherbert Avenue Corner Of The Square & Fitzherbert Avenue Map

Wonderfully situated in the heart of the CBD, the Quest Palmerston North Apartment is placed on the doorstep of the city's cultural and entertainment centre making it an ideal venue for a perfect... More

From US$71

8 Econo Lodge The Villas

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

665 Pioneer Highway Map

Suitable for business and leisure travellers, Econo Lodge The Villas Palmerston North provides spacious and comfortable accommodations in this part of New Zealand. This Palmerston North lodge is... More

From US$73

9 The Empire Hotel

3 stars
2.0 / 5 2 reviews

Cnr Main and Princess st, 525 Main Street Map

The Empire Hotel Palmerston North is ideal for business as well as leisure travellers. Guests can experience comfortable accommodation and quality stay in this hotel. Friendly reception staff at... More

not good
very noisy on the friday night because of the nite club down steps we couldn't sleep at till 4 am so not had a good stay we were so tied after the long drive but we were told in the reception so...
3 Sep 2014
From US$70

10 AB Studio

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

109A Vogel Street Map

Offering comfortable spaces and convenient facilities strategically located close to the airport, AB Studio makes for a suitable base for travellers on a short- or long-term stay in this side of... More

Terrific time in Palmerston North
While visiting PN for the 6 day Quilting Symposium we stayed at ab studio. It was a home away from home, our hosts were more like kindly neighbours, who looked after our every need. Beds were...
23 Jan 2015
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