Palmerston North City and Manawatu, referred to by the locals as Palmerston or “Palmy,” is a bustling urban area with a population of nearly 85,000. Located inland, near the north bank of the Manawatu River, Palmerston is approximately two hours north of Wellington, the capital. Palmerston began as a simple forest clearing settled by a few small communities of the indigenous Maori. The Maori called the area “Papaioea,” which means “how beautiful it is.” British and Scandinavian people settled the area in the mid-19th century. The settlement was given the name of Palmerston in deference to the Viscount Palmerston, former Prime Minister of Great Britain. Surrounded to the east and south by the unspoiled Ruahine and Tararua mountain ranges, Palmerston itself is pretty flat. However, it offers the elegance and diversity of a major city with every amenity a rugged outdoor explorer could imagine. No matter what your interest, whether indoor or outdoor activities, Palmerston and Manawatu, New Zealand, has a wide variety of enjoyable activities for everyone.
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The first Mass was said in Palmerston North by Father Delphin Moreau, a French Marist Priest, who had walked from Otaki to say this Mass on St Patrick’s Day, 17th March 1872. There were six families present in the surveyor’s office in the corner of the present Square.
Father Moreau came to live in the Manawatu Area in 1875, and so the Parish of St Patrick’s was formed. He built his first church in Broad Street (later Broadway Avenue) in 1877. A second St Patrick’s Church was opened on the same site in 1890, before the third St Patrick’s Church was opened on its present site further down Broadway Avenue in 1925. Father James MacManus was appointed Parish Priest in 1913 and he was responsible for erecting and maintaining this building until 1962.
The Wellington firm of Clere and Clere were the architects and structural engineers. Frederick Clere was one of the foremost ecclesiastical architects of the time. The most striking feature externally is the lofty tower surmounted by three crosses, rising to 50 metres.
The park is a remnant of the original bush that early European settlers named the "Ninety Mile Bush" - so called because it extended for ninety miles from lower Wairarapa to north of this park. Visitors will get an impression of what these settlers faced when they arrived from Denmark, Sweden and Norway - an almost impenetrable forest.
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Our eBikes provide you the ability to access some of our most beautiful spots and enjoy the great outdoors. Great for people of all fitness levels. The power assist keeps you up with the others and provides extra energy when you choose or need it. Hills and wind are no problem. Our eBikes have a range of 40 - 60kms travelling at over 20kph.
Singles, couples groups, families, young and not so young love using our eBikes - whether sight seeing, exploring, cafe hoping, shopping or taking a picnic. You can easily ride to the beautiful Manawatu Gorge Bush walks. Van drop offs at Te Apiti Windmills for a 30k downhill ride by arrangement.
Donated by Arthur Hopwood, the original height of the tower was 26.5 metres. Additional refurbishments were completed in 2007 and the addition of a cross to the top added extra height to the tower and it now stands at 30.5 metres. Some of the best views of the tower are at night when it is illuminated with a light display by a range of colours.
Situated in 5ha of parkland behind Aquatic Centre in Park Road (main arterial route to Taupo, Napier, Wellington, Auckland). Great range of accommodation options. Situated 5 mins from city centre, miniature railway, esplanade gardens, sporting fields & Lido swimming complex. No smoking in all units & facilities. No Dogs. Dump Station.Visit Palmerston North Holiday Park
Free inner-city camping for your self-contained campervan. Close to services, cafe's, theatre and more. Maximum 2 nights stay duration. Blue lines mark the areas for campervan parking - up to 5 sites available.
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