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The city of Palmerston North boasts a vibrant and connected urban environment within a compact CBD making it the perfect place to hold a conference. The city is easily accessible with regular flights from all major centres, and is within easy drive from Wellington, and central and lower North Island destinations.

Central Location 

The unique geographic location of Palmerston North 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. Palmerston North’s catchment is wide and offers access to over one million people within a three-hours drive.  

Variety of Venues 

Palmerston North offers a variety of options when it comes to convention venues, including some very special and unique locations.  You can choose from 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 9-hole golf course or driving range. 

Compact City 

Once you arrive in Palmerston North 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 Sport & Rugby Institute. 

Whatonga statue Manawatu Gorge

Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge Whatonga

Shopping along The Square

Shopping along The Square

Great Shopping

Palmerston North city is a 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 culture 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.