Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Everyday Essentials

As exciting as it is to move to a new city, getting an understanding of small day-to-day issues can take time. Paying rates, joining the local library, organising rubbish and recycling, and dog ownership are some of the commonly asked questions by new residents to Palmerston North City, Feilding and Manawatu.

Library and Community Services

Palmerston North City LibraryLibrary-Palmerston-North
Know as “the living room of the City”, Palmerston North City Library has six branches located throughout the City as well as a mobile library that visits 39 locations every week.

The central library, located in the centre of Palmerston North City’s CBD is a stunning gem of architecture, having been designed by renown architect Ian Athfield. However the Library is more than just a building to borrow books from – they also offer a fantastic selection of ebooks, audio and video, as well as computer access, free wifi, gaming systems, meeting rooms, a fully operational recording studio and much more than you would imagine from a library!

There are a variety of excellent events and programmes hosted by the Library throughout the year for both adults and children, and for teenagers the Youth Space is a great location where they can socialise and enjoy free activities and events.

Address: 4 The Square, Palmerston North
Phone: (06) 351 4100


Feilding Library 
Feilding Library is open six days a week and offers a variety of great services including their Bright Sparks preschool children’s programme offered every Wednesday morning (during school terms). Feilding Library also offers children and teenage reading and maths programmes during the summer and school holidays, and a housebound book delivery service.

Address: 60 Stafford St (Corner of Stafford and Bowen Streets), Feilding
Phone: 06 323 5373

Excellent Transport

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.

See Palmerston North City bus routes.

Parks, Sports fields and Reserves

Throughout our City and Region there are a wide range of parks, reserves, public gardens and sports fields available for public use, with 103 reserves and sports fields in Palmerston North City alone. These parks are maintained by the Palmerston North City and Manawatu District Councils, and are kept in excellent condition. Our sports grounds include a mixture of synthetic and natural playing surfaces, and there are approximately 55 playgrounds spread across Palmerston North City and the Manawatu District.

Victoria Esplanade is iconic amongst Palmerston North City’s parks, with something for everyone at anytime of the year. The Esplanade includes the world renowned competition Rose Gardens, an excellent children’s playground, multiple walkways, paddling pool, Education Centre, café, bird aviary, arboretum and croquet lawns.


Residential rates are used by local councils to supply community services and manage local resources, and are based on property ownership.

To find out more information on council rates and how to pay them, visit:

City / District Rates
Palmerston North City Council – Rates
Manawatu District Council – Rates

Regional Rates:
Horizons Regional Council – rates

Rubbish & Recycling

Rubbish is strictly regulated within Palmerston North and Manawatu, and recycling is strongly encouraged.

For information on how rubbish is collected and how recycling is separated visit Palmerston North City Council – Rubbish & Recycling or Manawatu District Council – Rubbish & Recycling.

Dog Ownership

For information regarding dog ownership, such as registration, prohibited areas and areas where your dog’s leash must be on or can be off, visit Palmerston North City Council – Dog Ownership or Manawatu District Council- Dog Ownership.


If you are immigrating to New Zealand a work, visit, study, live or invest visa will be required. For all information on visa and immigrating to New Zealand visit Immigration New Zealand.

Other Information

For all basic day-to-day information, we would recommend visiting the local council website Palmerston North City Council or Manawatu District Council.