Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Palmerston North City


As a growing hub for the lower North Island, Palmerston North City offers the sophistication and diversity of a major city with all the freedom and space of a provincial centre.

Museums, heritage collections and art galleries are prominent, and go hand in hand with the colourful array of cafes and dinning options that will take your taste buds on a tour of the world.

A year-round calendar of events keeps the City alive and humming, from motorsport mayhem, to urban festivals of creativity and music that bring the streets alive with their colour and sounds.

An internationally recognised theatre scene provides entertainments for all genres, while the local music scene thrives with a mixture of mainstream and ‘underground’ venues that cater to wide and varied tastes.

Come and discover what this City has to offer!

Local Highlights

New Zealand Rugby Museum – Go on a journey to discover the story behind the sport that shaped a nation.  See some of the world’s rarest rugby artifacts, and learn about our rugby greats. Get active in the ‘Have A Go’ area and tackle, scrum, jump, sprint and kick like a legend.

Centrepoint Theatre – Palmerston North City & Manawatu’s only professional theatre, producing six shows per year between March and December. Enjoy a great night out with more intimate and often homegrown shows, with stunning stage sets and talented performers.

Te Manawa is a cultural museum of art, science and history. It showcases and stores the Manawatu region’s nationally significant taonga, contemporary art, science and heritage collections. Throughout the year several iconic blockbuster exhibitions are on display, with interactive exhibits.

Victoria Esplanade – A beautiful inner city park adjacent to the Manawatu River, this park comprises many stunning features, including a rhododendron and camellia garden, bird aviary, bush walks, duck ponds, children’s paddling pool and playgrounds, an onsite café and the International Rose Trial Grounds, plus much more.

The Plaza – The Plaza Shopping Centre is in the heart of Palmerston North City’s CBD. With more than 100 shops under one roof, The Plaza houses all the major brands as well as quality niche stores, offering a complete shopping experience.

Palmerston North City – Overview Map

Palmerston NorthFind your way around Palmerston North City with this helpful map showing key streets and locations throughout the City. Click to enlarged map…