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Want to road trip in the Manawatu from Palmerston North? At this stage, the place to pick up a rental car is from Palmerston North Airport. Here you will find cars from our trusted partners of Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty and Europcar. Our search engine compares car rental prices from trusted suppliers, saving you time and money. Just choose a location and date and we'll do the hard work for you. Its that easy to book a rental car!

Reasons to rent a car with VroomVroomVroom

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Best time to visit Palmerston North 

Spring season is a great time to visit Palmerston North. Each spring, the city celebrates the diversity of cultures through music, dance, food, art and games. You'll find exhibits and see performances from different countries and lets not forget the international cuisines you get to taste. It is the perfect outing for the family. 

Manfield Park is a motorsport venue, that also hosts equestrian events. If you are a fan of cars, or like to watch horses, check out their events calendar while you are in the city. 

Driving tips in Palmerston North

If you are coming from another country, the closest international airport to Palmerston North is Wellington Airport.  It is advisable to hire a car since it will take around 2 hours to reach the city via State Highway 1. Another route is via SH 2, but it will take you an additional hour to get there. Most of the main cities are quite far from Palmerston North, but you can explore nearby towns including the Wanganui, Paraparaumu,  Upper Hutt, Porirua and Lower Hutt. 

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Your travel guide to Palmerston North

Palmerston North is an inland city that has the 7th largest population in the country. Where urban meets rural, it is home to  Massey University and the largest wind farm in New Zealand. Booking your car rental with VroomVroomVroom provides you with the most convenient way to get around the city and its surrounding region.


New Zealand Rugby Museum

The first museum devoted to the sport that has shaped our nation. Here you will discover the rich history of rugby in our country, learn about the greatest players that ever played and see some of the rarest Rugby artefacts. A must see attraction that's only available in the city where you can also get in and 'Have A Go' just like the legends. 

Mokai Gravity Canyon

You'll definitely want to book your car rental with Vroom to enjoy this attraction as this 1hr ½ drive takes you where no faint hearted person dear to go. An ultimate extreme adventure playground; where your mind and body is pushed to new limits as you decide which way to plunge 50-80 meters down into the Mokai Canyon. An exhilarating life experience that will never be forgotten- that's if you don't chicken out.

Owlcatraz Native Bird and Wildlife Park

30 minutes south of Palmy is this beautiful native bird and wildlife park that offers an intimate encounter with some of NZ's native animals; the endangered North Island weka, kunekune pig and morepork. A high tech open enclosure that mimics the owls' natural environment makes this a once in a life time experience. Don't miss attractions like the farm walk, Wairuru Caves, jail house and Lake Owlsmere or enjoy a ride on the Thomas train you won't be disappointed.

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Cornwall Motor Lodge

Address: 101 Fitzherbert Avenue

Ranked #1 (By Trip advisor) of the 22 hotels in the city, this modern, spacious, comfortable luxury accommodation with 50+ SKY channels to choose and watch from either your super King sized bed or Spa bath; is perfect for those looking for the royal treatment. Great central location, The Square (City Center) and surrounding cafes, restaurants & bars are within easy walking distance
saving time on looking for car parks.

Peppertree Hostel

Address: 121 Grey St, Palmerston North, 4410, New Zealand

For those travelling on a budget, this gorgeous 100 year old villa with high ceilings offers plenty of space for you to reside in while staying in Palmy. Centrally located makes an easy 2 minute walk to town. Otherwise enjoy the secluded area outside where you can hear the birds sing or relax in the sun. Perfect place that makes you feel at home.

Palmerston North Holiday Park

Despite being the only camping -caravan site in the area, this holiday park offers top quality reliable services at affordable prices. Nestled in next to the Manawatu River, this well groomed campground is the perfect getaway/ holiday location for the family or those looking for that kick back kiwi camping experience. With tons of extra features like the playground, swimming pool or easy 5 min drive to town, getting bored is not an option. 
Just make sure to take advantage of our easy campervan hire comparison tool to save you even more time and money.

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Restaurants & Bars

Tui Brewery

Tui Brewery in Palmerston North

In the little village of Mangatainoka, only 30 minutes south of Palmerston North, you'll find the legendary Tui Brewery, with its iconic brick tower, new brew house, cafe, free museum, quirky shop and yes… top notch Tui beer. Check out their brewery with a personalised guided tour – see the 125 year history, iconic landmarks, look into the tank, feel the hops and learn the beer process. Tui is the perfect stop for lunch, order a tasting tray of the Tui beers then sit back and soak up the fun atmosphere, museum, great food and grounds. Tours are approximately 40 minutes and run daily at 11.30am and 2.30pm – bookings recommending but not essential. Tours start from $25.

Aberdeen on Broadway

Ranked #1 of the 123 Restaurants in Palmy, this centrally based historic building restaurant offers a contemporary cuisine in the perfect atmosphere for fine dining or a relaxed social occasion. With its cute courtyard that has a retractable roof for summer and cozy warm fire for winter, makes the perfect place to dine all year round in whatever conditions.

Izakaya Yatai (Japanese Restaurant)

Ranked #2 of the 123 restaurants in Palmy, this traditional Japanese restaurant ditches the western dining custom of ordering individually and provide a selection of dishes that are chosen by your group to share. This causes a more social interactive dining experience where you get to tray a wide variety of flavours. Perfect for family and friends!      

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