Get away from it all in the heartland of New Zealand and enjoy a local sports event or wilderness adventure. The New Zealand Rugby Museum in Palmerston North is a great place to get your head around New Zealand’s hugely popular national game and the nearby Tararua Ranges offer scenic walks for people of all abilities.


Key facts about Palmerston North and Manawatu

  • Population: 1.5 million people
  • 16 km Airport → City
  • Driving: Drives on the left
  • Accommodation: 300 Accommodations
  • Timezone: UTC+12:00
  • Venues: 25 Venues
  • Capital: Wellington
  • Electrical: 230/240 volts


To enquire about having your business event in New Zealand please feel free to contact me.

Leonie Ashford

Leonie Ashford

Business Events Bid Manager

Wellington, New Zealand

Palmerston North and Manawatu Attractions

  • Rafting


    Manawatu is heartland New Zealand and home to some of the best rafting around. Head to the Rangitikei River, one of the country’s largest waterways.

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  • Museums


    Manawatu is heartland New Zealand and has a number of fascinating museum attractions.

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  • Shopping in Manawatu

    Shopping in Manawatu

    Mix a charming country lifestyle with boutique artisans and kiwi markets and you've got Manawatu, a region where you can enjoy a distinctly ‘New Zealand' shopping experience.

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  • Horse riding

    Horse riding

    The landscapes of Manawatu – lush native bush, the beautiful Ruahine Ranges and pretty coastline – make horse trekking one of the best ways to explore.

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  • Gardens


    Manawatu's fertile soil and rural landscapes are home to a number of tranquil, beautiful gardens.

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