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The Manawatu region is home to the most amazing art, culture and heritage collections displaying an evolving array of collections. Discover the New Zealand Rugby Museum or be inspired by the many art galleries, sculptures and murals found here.  

New Zealand Rugby Museum 

The New Zealand Rugby Museum contains New Zealand’s biggest and most comprehensive collection of rugby memorabilia and records, including some of the world’s rarest rugby artefacts. 

Visit the iconic New Zealand Rugby Museum in Palmerston North. Home to the first museum devoted to the oval ball – this is a must-do in Manawatu! You’ll be rewarded with a trip back in time exploring the rich history and folklore of the nation’s mighty game with an unmasking of its rugby heroes and legends. Get a feel for the real New Zealand by learning how its rich rugby heritage has shaped and been shaped by our country. It’s not every day you can see the nation’s treasures up close and at first hand, from the first ‘fern’, the oldest All Blacks jersey and the oldest rugby ball to All Black star Dan Carter’s boots! And test out your rugby skills – kick, tackle, leap, sprint or push – in the ‘Have a Go’ area.

Inside the New Zealand Rugby Museum

New Zealand Rugby Museum

Te Manawa 

Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History is the cultural heart of a city that thrives on discovery – entertaining and inspiring people from all walks of life for more than 40 years. It’s more than a museum and a gallery. It’s a place where concepts and communities come together. 

With an engaging programme of exhibitions and events, as well as an extensive collection of taonga (treasures), Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History offers a unique opportunity to experience and participate in the stories of our past, present and future. Get hands-on in one of the learning discovery spaces, meet the mysterious cave weta, or view native fish in Te Awa – The River. The Art Gallery hosts a wealth of creative works in its ever-changing spaces all year-round. With its dynamic and colourful venues, Te Manawa plays host to community events and, in collaboration with Centrepoint Theatre, houses ‘The Darkroom’ – an exciting space for rising playwrights, musicians and experimental productions.

Outside the Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History

Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History

The Coach House Museum 

The Coach House Museum is an outstanding collection of rural heritage which showcases over 140 years of local early settler life, farming and historic horse-drawn transportation. A vast, awe-inspiring collection that is a must see for all ages. 

This is a place in which stories about the good old days come thick and fast. A place for reminiscing, sharing a trip down memory lane… It’s New Zealand’s rural past beautifully displayed in the heart of the Manawatu. Feilding’s The Coach House Museum is home to a world-class collection of heritage, showcasing over 140 years of local history. Fascinating stories are told of local people and the vehicles they used to develop Manawatu into the thriving rural heartland it is today. Horse-drawn vehicles, early settler home-life, sheep and dairy farming, vintage tractors and farm machinery fill this museum to the brim with wonderful tales of days gone by. Your journey into Manawatu’s local history begins here.

Vintage car at the Couchhouse Museum Feilding

The Coach House Museum’s vintage transportation

County Fayre 

County Fayre is a community initiative to preserve Pohangina Valley’s history and support community projects. There is an extensive gallery of historic photographs and Roll of Honour, with local crafts and Devonshire Tea for sale. Run by local volunteers. 

County Fayre is the social, creative and historical heart of the Pohangina Valley. Situated in the old Pohangina County Council Building in the Pohangina Village on Finnish Road (off Pohangina Road) and just 14 km from Ashhurst, County Fayre is a community initiative to preserve Pohangina Valley’s history and support community projects. There is an extensive gallery of historic photographs and Roll of Honour, with local crafts and Devonshire Teas for sale. Seating up to 35 people comfortably and weather permitting you can move outside into a pleasant grassed area.

ZIMMERMAN Art Gallery 

ZIMMERMAN was established in 2010 with a clear vision – to provide Palmerston North residents and visitors with the opportunity to view original and engaging works of art in the city centre. 

ZIMMERMAN exhibits paintings, drawings and sculpture by invited contemporary New Zealand artists. The gallery’s wide street level frontage allows you to view the displayed works 24 hours a day, seven days a week. ZIMMERMAN also supplies: – Information about exhibited artists and their works – Advice on art collecting and purchases – Assistance with delivery, lighting and installation of paintings and sculpture.

Zimmerman Art Gallery sculpture and paintings

ZIMMERMAN Art Gallery