Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Top 10 Free Things To Do

306x190_whatongaTe Apiti – Manawatu Gorge Tawa Loop Walk
The Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge Tawa Loop Track takes about 2 hours, starting at the Ashhurst end of the Manawatu Gorge. Discover stunning panoramic views from the many lookouts along the way.



Chess in The SquareGiant Chess
Challenge an opponent to a game of chess in The Square, Palmerston North, near the Butterfly Lakelet on the south-western corner. Grab a coffee from a local café and make the most of the outdoor seating while you enjoy this classic game, upsized!



Girls-on-bikeHop on your Bike
Take some time to explore Palmerston North City and Manawatu by jumping on a bike. There are bike tracks and trails for all ages, from the Junior Road Safety Park at the Esplanade to action packed mountain biking in Arapuke Forest. You can even hire a Tandem or electric bike from the Palmerston North City i-SITE.



Dogs in Manawatu & Palmerston NorthTake a Dip – Take a swim at one of the many hidden water holes and rivers dotted throughout The Country Road scenic touring routes. Grab your copy of The Country Road map and guide from any i-SITE. Himatangi and Foxton beaches on the west coast are wide and sandy, and offer good swimming in the warmer months.




TeApiti-WindfarmTe Apiti Windfarm
Located on the Saddle road between Ashhurst and Woodville, you can get up close to these giant wind turbines and learn all about the how they work. With giant turbines whirring overhead, these surreal machines are quite a spectacle to behold.




Esplanade-Miniarute-Railway,-Palmerston-NorthVictoria Esplanade – 360 acres of some of New Zealand’s most beautiful parklands which include a minature railway, café, playground, the Junior Road Safety Park for scooters and bikes, bush walks, Dugald MacKenzie Rose Gardens, paddling pool, and bird aviaries.  Surround yourself with roses in one of the world’s most significant rose gardens – voted one of the top five.  




PalmLibrary Palmerston Northerston North City Library
Come and browse through books, magazines & newspapers, see art exhibitions, or relax in the onsite cafe. Find a lovely, sunny window seat and listen in to the music stations or use the free WiFi. The Palmerston North City Library, located on The Square, is a stunning architectural masterpiece created by Ian Athfield, complete with an indoor banana tree, it is well worth a look.


number-sculpture-at-nightArts & Sculpture Trail
Pick up your free copy of the Palmerston North Arts Trail Guide from the Palmerston North City i-SITE in The Square, and explore the vibrant arts scene of this colourful City. Learn the what, who and how of our many public sculptures and discover art exhibitions at the many galleries. You can also check out Palmerston North’s online Public Art Guide here to get a glimpse of the stand-out creative pieces you can access publicly for free in the city.



memorial-parkMemorial Park
Memorial Park offers a wide range on activities for the whole family – feed the ducks, cool off in the paddling pool on a hot summer’s day and explore the playgrounds. Kids can scooter or bike around the pond, and large grassy areas are perfect for picnicking and playing cricket.



Heritage Trail
Grab a copy of the Palmerston North City Heritage Trail from the Palmerston North City i-SITE. Parts of the trail are easily accessible on foot. For the rest, hop on a bike or check out the local city buses to plan your ventures through our unique history.



Please note this information should be used as a guide only.  To help ensure your safety we advise you review our safety page and contact the individual provider for up to date information on their compliance with all Health and Safety and regulatory requirements.