Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Why Conference Here

Palmerston North City is an innovative and connected urban centre with a rich arts and theatre scene, short traveling distances, and everything you could need to organise a successful conference or meeting.

Central Location

The unique geographic location of Palmerston North City provides a strategic advantage for conference organisers. The airport is only a short 10 minute drive to the CBD, with excellent flight connections from all major centres.  The City is located within a three hour drive of over one million people, making it an easy place to drive to by road.

Variety of Venues


Palmerston North City offers a variety of options when it comes to convention venues, including some very special and unique locations.  The choice includes purpose-built convention centres, major hotel chains, an iconic brewery, an Edwardian theatre, an international motorsport track and a country club where you can step out of the meeting room straight onto a golf course or driving range.

Compact City

Once you arrive in Palmerston North City there is very little need for transport as the city is very compact, reducing cost for organisers and delegates.  All accommodation options offer free car parking and are within close walking distance of most conference venues, restaurants, shopping and cafes.

Strong Industry Sectors

The City is recognised as a centre of excellence for research, technology  and education, and has a proud history of nurturing entrepreneurs and innovators. It is home to more than 70 educational and research institutions, Linton Military Camp, Ohakea Airforce Base and the Massey University Sport & Rugby Institute.

Great Shopping

Palmerston North City is the premiere shopping destination for the lower North Island. The Plaza, offers over 100 shops under one roof and houses all the major brands as well as quality niche stores. In the heart of the City’s arts and cultural precinct, George Street also tempts with a range of upmarket boutiques and contemporary cafes.

Vibrant Calendar of Events

A busy events calendar of shows, music, arts, culture and community events keeps the Region dynamic and engaging all year round.