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Palmerston North City is consistently ranked among the most affordable cities in New Zealand to live in, and between itself and the surrounding towns of Feilding and Ashhurst, makes the Manawatu Region a warm and welcoming place to live, work and study.
Palmerston North City and Manawatu is the perfect location for settling down, thanks to the range and availability of high quality homes at very affordable prices.
Palmerston North City has a long-term trend as one of the most affordable cities in New Zealand, with the median house price for Palmerston North City at $328,900 quarter end September 2016, compared to the national median of $390,000.
There are a variety of housing options available within the city and wider region, from city apartments to suburban homes to farms and lifestyle blocks, satisfying all the differing tastes of our diverse community.
Palmerston North City and Manawatu have a range of rental properties to suit various budgets and living requirements. Average rental prices can vary depending on suburb location and facilities in the area.
Rental Companies – There are a number of property brokers and real estate companies who can help you find a beautiful rental property to call your own.
Public Transport – Bus services are run by Horizons Regional Council and cover a number of locations and run frequently between city locations and through to Feilding. For adults the standard bus fare is $2.50 per trip anywhere within the city, and $5 per trip between Feilding and Palmerston North City, with discounted rates and monthly passes available. View the Palmerston North City bus routes.
Within Palmerston North City itself, all precincts of the CBD are within walking distance of each other, meaning that for many the morning commute is simply a short and pleasant stroll through the city.
Rail – The Capital Connection train service provides a weekday commuter rail link between Palmerston North City and Wellington and the Horowhenua and Kapiti Coast. Northbound passenger services are available via the Northern Explorer, which travels to Auckland on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Flights – Palmerston North Airport is a gateway to our City and Region, with more than 400,000 passengers annually. Currently flights operate between Palmerston North City and Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton and Nelson, and we are connected to international destinations via Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Visiting Other Areas – The Manawatu Region is also well located for visiting other regions. Wellington, Wairarapa, Whanganui, Taupo, Hawke’s Bay and the Ohakune ski fields are all within a three hour drive. Intercity and NakedBus commercial buses also connect Feilding and Palmerston North City to other cities through the country, making visiting and travelling easy and affordable.