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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.

Campervan Hire Palmerston North

'The Hillton' Andrew's Classic Caravan with a Twist.
$70 / Day

'The Hillton' Andrew's Classic Caravan with a Twist.

Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui

Sleeps 4
Length 5m

DELWYN - Pet-Friendly! 🐕
$180 / Day

DELWYN - Pet-Friendly! 🐕

Feilding, Manawatu-Wanganui

Sleeps 4
Length 6m

Places to Visit near Palmerston North

Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

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.


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Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History

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

With an engaging programme of exhibitions and events, as well as an extensive collection of taonga (treasures), Te Manawa offers a unique opportunity to experience and participate in, the stories of our past, present and future. Children can get hands-on in one of the learning discovery spaces, meet the mysterious cave weta, or view native fish in Te Awa – The River.

The Art Gallery hosts a wealth of creative works in its ever-changing spaces all year-round. With its dynamic and colourful venues, Te Manawa plays host to community events and, in collaboration with Centrepoint Theatre, houses ‘The Darkroom’ – an exciting space for rising playwrights, musicians and experimental productions.

Victoria Esplanade

This local favourite is a beautiful and extensive inner city park adjacent to the Manawatu River, which was opened to mark Queen Victoria's 60th Jubilee.

Victoria Esplanade comprises of 19 hectares of stunning gardens and features, including bird aviaries, nature trails with a number of walks, a junior road safety bike park, a large duck pond, free barbeque facilities and children’s paddling pool and playgrounds. The onsite café offers tasty treats, ice-cream and drinks, while an extensive miniature railway offers rides on weekends and holidays for a small fee. Within the esplanade is the Dugald McKenzie rose garden, which is home to over 5,500 varieties and incorporates the International Rose Trial Grounds.

You can access this park from Manawaroa Street, which is off Fitzherbert Ave, as well as from Park Road, next to the Lido Aquatic Centre. Open all year from dawn to dusk.

Campgrounds and Parks near Palmerston North

Campbell Street Inner-City campervan overnight camping

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.

Visit Campbell Street Inner-City campervan overnight camping

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