Get on the road in the lower North Island
Want to road trip in the Manawatu from Palmerston North? At this stage, the place to pick up a car is from Palmerston North Airport
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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.
Things to do | Places to stay | Places to eat
THINGS TO DO
New Zealand Rugby Museum
326 Main Street
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.
332 Mokai Rd, Taihape, NZ
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 :)
44 Margaret Street, Shannon, NZ
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.
PLACES TO STAY
Cornwall Motor Lodge
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.
121 Grey Street
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
133 Dittmer Drive
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.
PLACES TO EAT
Aberdeen on Broadway
Address: 161 Broadway Avenue
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.
Hours: 7 days from 5:30pm
Izakaya Yatai (Japanese Restaurant)
Address:316 Featherston Street
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!
Dinner: Tues - Sat, 6pm- Late
Lunch: Tues - Fri, from 12pm
Check out what's on at Manfield Park
Manfield Park is a motorsport venue, that also hosts equestrian events. (Just not at the same time.) If you are a petrol-head, or like to watch horses, check out their events calendar while you are in the city.
Fun filled free festivals and events to see while visiting Palmy
International Spring Festival - September
Each spring, Palmerston North 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. Perfect outing for the family.