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


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Leonie Ashford

Leonie Ashford

Business Events Bid Manager

Wellington, New Zealand

Palmerston North and Manawatu Attractions

  • Towns in Manawatu

    Towns in Manawatu

    With plenty of rural charm, Manawatu is an ideal place to immerse yourself in Kiwi farming culture. Palmerston North is the bustling centre of this region.

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  • Museums


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

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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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  • 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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  • New Zealand Rugby Museum

    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.

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  • 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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