Discover Palmerston North and Manawatu

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Discover Palmerston North and Manawatu

Welcome to Palmerston North and Manawatu

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 this winter. Hire a campervan with Mighway, and let the journey unfold!

Getting to Palmerston North and Manawatu

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New Zealand Rugby Museum

The New Zealand Rugby Museum became the first public museum devoted to rugby when it opened its doors in 1977. The museum’s initial efforts focused on building its collection in order to gain international relevance, but also wanted to preserve and protect the history and heritage of New Zealand rugby. The New Zealand Rugby Museum now boasts an excess of 40,000 items in its collection. The museum is part of a network with other rugby museums across the world, and winter time is the perfect season to visit this cultural gem.

Te Apiti - Manawatu Gorge Tawa Loop

Located within the Manawatu Gorge, this walking trail offers all the beauty and opportunity to experience nature as the main track, but at less than half the distance and time. The Tawa Loop is a two-hour walk which begins at the Ashhurst end of Te Apiti - Manawatu Gorge. The path guides walkers through the ancient native bush while offering access to incredible viewpoints along the way. Even in winter, this is a fantastic walk.

Flip City Trampoline Park

Flip City Trampoline Park uniquely aims to take the trampoline park to the next level. Part fun zone, part Zen activity center, Flip City is a purpose-driven floor-to-ceiling trampoline park whose mission is to impact your life by helping you to believe in yourself. Specifically, Flip City wants to help you to acknowledge your own self-worth and the importance of personal growth. Fan favourites include the Half Pipe, Challenge Wall and Slam Dunk trampoline activities.

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