With the Summer Break just around the corner, we’ve collated a list of some of the awesome events and activities happening in Palmerston North city and Manawatū that you can get involved in. Many are free, most are designed specifically for international students, and all of them will be fun, relaxed and give you a chance to meet new people or reconnect with old friends.

Over the summer we have all our usual great tourism offerings operating from river rafting, farm visits, walks and hikes, and more. Some key things you’ll want to check out include the Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery Centre, where you might get up and close with a kiwi, our He Ara Kotahi Bridge, which is almost 200 metres long and gives you views of the awa and city, or visit one of our many museums such as Te Manawa, New Zealand Rugby Museum or the Coach House Museum – which will take you back to NZ’s good old days.

As well as these, we are crafting some specially designed events and activities just for international students! Check them out and register below.

Fun Activities Designed for Students

International Student Youth Space Movie Hang Out

Popcorn, Pizza and Treats  will be on offer at Youth Space on the Mezz floor from 4pm on December 9th. If you are an International Student between 13 – 19 years old and will be here over Summer, you are invited to this special edition Movie hang out at youth space.

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Youth Space Christmas Events Series

The team at Youth Space are putting on a series of fun, free events in the first couple weeks of December. Youth Space is a welcoming, safe, alcohol and drug free space young people aged 13-19 can call their own.

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Palmerston North City Guided Arts Tours

Join us on a walking tour of some of Palmerston North’s finest street art! Its free and will end in a café where you can chat and hang out with others in your tour group. We will have four over the summer holidays so join in for one, some or all.

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Palmerston North City Guided Venues Tours

Join us to see behind the scenes of some of your favourite Palmerston North venues… or perhaps some you never knew existed! We will have a series of these over the summer holidays so join for one, some or all.

Register Now - Snails: Artist Run SpaceRegister Now - Square Edge
Register Now - Regent on BroadwayRegister Now - Centrepoint Theatre
Register Now - Globe TheatreRegister Now - The Stomach

HIT OUT – Indoor Cricket Tournament

Register as a player for the Manawatū Indoor Cricket Tournament. Food, team t-shirts and a prize for the winning team are all included!

Or if cricket isn’t for you, come along and support your friends from the sideline.

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Indoor Games Day

Join us on Thursday the 7th of January for an introduction to board games and other indoor activities hosted by Valkyrie Games.

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TimeZone FREE Play Hour

TimeZone are hosting a FREE play hour for international students on Tuesday 12th January. Numbers are LIMITED to this event so you will need to register quickly to secure a spot at this event.  

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MUSA Summer Events 

Massey University Student Association are hosting a range of free activities on campus and in the city for Massey Students. If this is you, check out the full range of events on their Facebook page.

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MUSA Summer Events

Great Events in the City

A Very Palmy Christmas

Enjoy a range of Christmas themed events taking place in The Square to celebrate A Very Palmy Christmas. The first weekend of December you have the chance to experience the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, the annual Christmas Parade, and a Christmas Concert. Have a go on the ice rink that is in town that weekend too!

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Palmerston North city and Manawatū are home to some great events over the summer break! Check out our ManawatūNZ What’s On Guide or the Palmerston North city Events Calendar now.

ManawatuNZ What's On GuidePalmerston North City Events Calendar

Summer Programmes – with a Training Component

If you are looking to do some more training or study over the summer break, then Palmerston North city and Manawatū is the place to be! Check out some of the great courses on offer locally these holidays.

UCOL Taster Workshops

See what UCOL has to offer with a taster workshop at one of three campuses, Manawatū, Whanganui or Horowhenua.

UCOL Manawatū Workshops will be:

  • 9 Dec – 1pm to 2:30pm
  • 27 Jan – 3pm to 4:30pm
  • 28 Jan – 3pm to 4:30pm
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ETC Holiday Programme for High School Students 2020-21

ETC have two types of courses on offer:

  1. Activities and English Programme, for those who want to have fun and learn English
  2. Academic English Programme, for those about to leave high school and want to study at University or Polytechnic
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Massey University Short Courses for Summer

Massey University are running a virtual AFS NZ Global Competence Certificate. Do you want to make friends with people from around the world while advancing your studies and fast-tracking your personal growth? Then the AFS NZ Global Competence Certificate is here to help you do just that. The programme kicks off on Monday 30th November so register quick!

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Massey Uni Experience is a two-week course that will give you a taste of university life. The days are split into morning workshops building on your existing academic skills and the afternoons are spent sampling some of the things that make university so stimulating and fun.

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Massey University Degree Kickstart course runs for five weeks and gets you earning credits towards your degree programme early, meaning you have less pressure throughout the rest of the year. 

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If you’re after the best of both and want to pair your off-the-beaten trip with some city experiences. Palmerston North is where it’s at and has heaps of places and events waiting to be discovered.

How Manawatū Are You?

If you would rather explore Manawatū on your own terms, then check out one of our great summer itineraries. Whether you are an Adrenaline Junkie, Urban Explorer or Nature Lover, there is something for everyone!

Pick and choose from our city activities and attractions in one of our latest blogs, Explore Manawatū.