Things to do in Palmerston North

27 June 2018

Looking for things to do in Palmerston North?

Palmerston North is New Zealand's fifth-largest city and is home to more than 70 major educational and research institutions, Linton Military Camp and the Massey University Sport and Rugby Institute.

Palmerston North has a long history of hosting and entertaining visitors from around the world. The central business district is centred on a large leafy square and many of the historic buildings have been restored and are now charming boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

Attractions include the highly acclaimed Te Manawa science centre, museums and galleries, the beautifully restored Regent Theatre, and the New Zealand Rugby Museum. Read below for more thngs to do in Palmerston North.


New Zealand Rugby Museum

Fans of the oval ball holler about the New Zealand Rugby Museum, an amazing space overflowing with rugby paraphernalia, from a 1905 All Blacks jumper to a scrum machine and the actual whistle used to start the first game of every Rugby World Cup. Of course, NZ won back-to-back Rugby World Cups in 2011 and 2015: quiz the staff about the All Blacks' 2019 prospects.

Read more: Lonely Planet: New Zealand Rugby Museum


Te Apiti - Manawatu Gorge Track

Te Apiti - Manawatu Gorge is a magnificent geographical structure formed over thousands of years by the Manawatu River. With its native bush and wildlife, Te Apiti is a time capsule that preserves the bush that once covered Manawatu, a place frozen in time.

Read more: Te Apiti - Manawatu Gorge



At the cultural heart of Palmerston North, Te Manawa draws art, science and history together, recognising the uniqueness of each area and reflecting the growing region and its people.

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Victoria Esplanade Gardens

From its renowned rose gardens and leafy walkways to its scenic railway, Victoria Esplanade is treasured by young and old alike. Covering 26 hectares the park is huge, and includes a number of things to do and see, including:

  • The Dugald MacKenzie Rose Gardens
  • Peter Black Conservatory
  • Bush walks
  • Playground, picnic spots and a paddling pool
  • A 2.2 km scenic railway

Read more: Palmerstron North City Council homepage


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