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Palmerston North
Te Papa-i-oea (Māori)
—  Metropolitan Area  —
Nickname(s): Palmy
Location of Palmerston North
Palmerston North City's Location
Coordinates: 40°21.3′S 175°36.7′E / 40.355°S 175.6117°E / -40.355; 175.6117
Country  New Zealand
Region Manawatu-Wanganui
Territorial authority Palmerston North City
Settled by the UK
Electorate Palmerston North
Government
 - Mayor Jono Naylor
Area
 - Territorial 326 km2 (125.9 sq mi)
Population (June 2009 estimate)[1]
 - Territorial 80,300
 Density 246.3/km2 (638/sq mi)
 Urban 80,700
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 - Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Area code(s) 06
Website http://www.pncc.govt.nz
http://www.horizons.govt.nz/

Palmerston North (Māori: Te Papa-i-oea) is the main city of the Manawatu-Wanganui region of the North Island of New Zealand. It is an inland city with a population of 80,700 (June 2009 estimate).[1] In 2008 it was the 11th-largest city in New Zealand, and the centre of the seventh-largest urban area.[2] A large proportion of its population consists of students attending Massey University, Universal College of Learning (UCOL) or International Pacific College[3] during the student year. Over half of the city's population is under the age of 25 and the city has been marketed as 'Student City'.

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Name

The city was first named "Palmerston", in honour of Viscount Palmerston, a former Prime Minister of Great Britain. The suffix "North” was added in 1871 by the Post Office to distinguish the settlement from Palmerston in the South Island, though locals still widely refer to the city simply as Palmerston or "Palmy". Locals are known as Palmerstonians.

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Māori name

The Māori transliteration of Palmerston is "Pamutana", but this is largely unused, with Papa-i-oea (commonly contracted to Papaioea) being the preferred option, e.g. Te Kura Kōhine o Papaioea (Palmerston North Girls' High School) and Te Hohipera o Papaioea (Palmerston North Hospital). Papa-i-oea is believed to mean "How beautiful it is".[4]

History

Ngāti Rangitāne were the local Māori iwi (tangata whenua) living in the area known as Te Ahu-a-Turanga,[5] when a trader, Jack Duff, became the first known European to explore the area in 1830. He came on a whaling ship, and explored as far inland as the site of Woodville. He reported his discovery on arrival back to Porirua. Colonel Wakefield heard of the potential that the Manawatu had for development and visited in 1840. In 1846 Charles Hartley, another trader, heard from tangata whenua of a clearing in the forest and he proceeded through the dense bush and forest and discovered it for Europeans.[4]

The Government surveyed the area in 1866-67. The original subdivision of Palmerston North was made in 1866, in the natural clearing in the Papaioea Forest, as found by Hartley. A township was laid out by J.T. Stewart, an employee of the Wellington Provincial Government.[6]

Stewart's plan consisted of a series of wide and straight streets, laid out in a rectangular pattern, with the focal point being an open space of 17 acres (7 ha) subsequently known as The Square. Landmarks named after Stewart included Stewart Crescent in Palmerston North and Mt Stewart, near Sanson.

The four original streets meeting at the Square are now called Fitzherbert Avenue (from the south), Main Street East, Main Street West and Rangitikei Street. As the settlement grew, the forest diminished to make way for farms, and today virtually no remnant of it survives.

By 1877, when the Borough Council came into existence, Palmerston North was an isolated village in the midst of the native forest that covered inland Manawatu. The population was approximately 800 people and sawmilling was the main industry of the district. The arrival of the railway in 1886 saw an increase in the speed of growth, and by 1900 the population was 6,000.[7] By this time the town was at the centre of a lucrative agricultural district.

In 1930, the population reached the 20,000 threshold and Palmerston North was officially proclaimed a city. Development was slow due to the great depression and World War II. An airport was established at Milson in 1936, which is now Palmerston North International Airport. After the war growth was rapid, with the population rising to over 50,000 by the mid 1970s.[8]

Geography

Palmerston North covers an area of 325.94 square kilometres (126 sq mi) and one million people live within a two-hour drive (200 km/120 mile radius). It is about 140 km (87 mi) north of the capital, Wellington, in the eastern part of the Manawatu Plains, and close to the northern bank of the Manawatu River. It is 35 km (22 mi) from the river's mouth and 12 km (7 mi) from the end of the Manawatu Gorge.

The official limits of the city take in rural areas to the south and north-east of the main urban area, extending to the Tararua Ranges and including the town of Ashhurst at the mouth of the Manawatu Gorge. This is a rich and fertile agricultural area.

Physical environment

Land Area : 325.94 square kilometres (80,540 acres)[9]

Area In Public Reserves : 5.54 square kilometres (1,369 acres)

Highest Point (Elevation): 760 metres (2,493 ft) above sea level (in the ranges south-east of Scotts Road)

Lowest Point (Elevation) : 10 metres (33 ft) above sea level (river bank near Te Puna Road)

Typical Urban Area Elevation : 20–40 metres (65–130 ft)

Length Of River (Within City Boundary) : 29.9 km/18.6 mi (Manawatu River) & 2.6 km/1.6 mi (Pohangina River)

Climate

Palmerston North's climate is temperate with maximum daytime temperatures averaging 22 °C (72 °F) in summer and 12 °C (54 °F) in winter. On average temperatures rise above 25 °C (77 °F) on 20 days of the year. Annual rainfall is approximately 960 mm (37.8 in) with rain occurring approximately 5% of the time. There are on average 200 rain-free days each year.

In the ranges that flank the city there is often sustained wind, especially in spring. Much of this land is within the city boundaries and these ranges has the reputation of providing the most consistent wind in the country. As a result, Palmerston North is under increasing tension between wind farm operators who want to build more renewable energy wind turbines and local residents who wish to continue to enjoy untouched scenery. Close to the city is the largest electricity-generating wind farm in the southern hemisphere, with 158 turbines in the Tararua and Ruahine Ranges providing power for approximately 30,000 homes.

Climate data for Palmerston North
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 22.4
(72)
22.9
(73)
21.1
(70)
18.4
(65)
15.3
(60)
13.1
(56)
12.5
(55)
13.3
(56)
14.9
(59)
16.7
(62)
18.5
(65)
20.7
(69)
17.5
(64)
Average low °C (°F) 13.4
(56)
13.5
(56)
12.1
(54)
9.8
(50)
7.4
(45)
5.4
(42)
4.7
(40)
5.4
(42)
7.2
(45)
8.7
(48)
10.2
(50)
12
(54)
9.1
(48)
Precipitation mm (inches) 65
(2.56)
62
(2.44)
74
(2.91)
76
(2.99)
94
(3.7)
87
(3.43)
94
(3.7)
82
(3.23)
83
(3.27)
90
(3.54)
78
(3.07)
83
(3.27)
966
(38.03)
Source: NIWA Climate Data[10] 1971 – 2000

Demographics

At the 2006 census, Palmerston North had a population of 75,543, an increase of 3507 people (4.9%) since the 2001 census. There were 27,849 occupied dwellings, 1,662 unoccupied dwellings, and 189 dwellings under construction.[11]

Of the population, 36,345 (48.1%) were male and 39,192 (51.9%) female.[11] The city had a median age of 32.4 years, 2.5 years below the national median age of 35.9 years. People aged 65 years and over made up 11.6% of the population, compared to 12.3% nationally, and people under 15 years made up 20.3% of the population, compared to 21.5% nationally. Due to Palmerston North being a university city, approximately 36% of the population is aged between 15.0 and 24.9 years.[11]

Palmerston North's ethnicity was made up of (national figure in brackets): 71.4% European (67.6%), 15.4% Maori (14.7%), 7.4% Asian (9.2%), 3.7% Pacific Islanders (6.9%), 1.1% Middle Eastern/Latin American/African (0.9%), 12.5% 'New Zealanders' (11.1%), and 0.05% Other (0.04%).[11]

Palmerston North City had an unemployment rate of 5.3% of people 15 years and over, compared to 5.1% nationally.[11] The average annual income of all people 15 years and over was $23,100, compared with $24,400 nationally. Of those, 44.9% earned under $20,000, compared with 43.2% nationally, while 15.4% earned over $50,000, compared to 18.0% nationally.[11]

Economy

The tertiary education sector provides NZ$1 billion a year to the local economy and the education sector accounted for 11.3%[12] of the Palmerston North workforce in February 2006. Palmerston North has economic strengths in research, especially in the bio-industry, defence, distribution and smart business sectors. The city is home to more than 70 major educational and research institutions, including New Zealand's fastest expanding university, Massey University; the Massey University Sport and Recreation Institute at the Massey University campus, Turitea; Universal College of Learning (UCOL) and Linton Army Camp.

44,870 employees worked in Palmerston North in February 2006, 2.5% of employees in New Zealand. The largest industry in terms of employees was the health and community services industry, which employed 14.9% of employees in the city. The retail trade industry employed 13.3% of employees in the city.[12]

Parks and recreation

The Square

The Square, Palmerston North

The city's main streets are arranged in a grid around The Square, a seven-hectare park of lawn, trees, lakes, fountains, and gardens in the centre of the city. This park contains the city's war memorial, a memorial to Te Peeti Te Awe Awe, the Rangitāne chief who was instrumental in the sale of Palmerston North district to the government in 1865,[13] and a clock tower whose illuminated cross was damaged in a storm in the first half of 2006. The damage to the cross and its subsequent removal rekindled a discussion about the appropriateness of a Christian symbol in the centre of a city whose citizens are of many cultures and religious backgrounds. The Māori name for the Square is Te Marae o Hine. Te Peeti Te Awe Awe was one member of a Māori contingent who gathered around 1878 to choose a Māori name for The Square. The meaning of the name is The Courtyard of the Daughter of Peace chosen in the hope that all people and all races would live together in enduring peace.

Parks

There are a number of parks in the city. The foremost is the Victoria Esplanade along the northern bank of the Manawatu River, to the west of Fitzherbert Avenue. The esplanade includes gardens, children's play areas, an aviary, a miniature railway, walking tracks, and sports fields (Ongley-Manawaroa Park).

City promotion

The city has used many descriptions in advertising and promotion, including "Rose City" (referring to its international rose trial grounds) and "Knowledge City" or "Student City" (referring to the city's many academic institutions). The current slogan, "Young Heart, Easy Living", indicates that Palmerston North is a city of young people and people with a youthful attitude.[14]

Crime and policing

Palmerston North is the main centre of the New Zealand Police's Central District.[15] Palmerston North has improved from 36th to 7th in a list of the best places for low crime figures (2008). Overall, crime dropped by 10% in the past year (2008). This is a result of organisations working together on prevention and enforcement strategies. Violent crime has increased by 5% in the past year but this is compared with an 11% rise nationally. Satisfaction with safety in public places at night has remained at its 2007 level.[16]

Sport

Sport in the Palmerston North area is predominantly provincial based. Palmerston North is a provincial city, and most sports teams draw their players from around the province of Manawatu. Most representative teams have players from Feilding or other neighbouring towns.

The most famous team to have "Palmerston North" in its title was the Palmerston North Jets Basketball Team, but they changed their name to Manawatu earlier this decade.[17]
FMG Stadium is the home of the Robertson Holden International Speedway. Palmerston North has a Stock car racing team known as the Palmerston North Panthers, now the most famous sports team to carry the Palmerston North name

The city is popular with cricket. Fitzherbert Park will host 2010 Under19 Cricket World Cup in which 16 teams from around the world will take part along with hosts  New Zealand. Fitzherbert Park is a cricket ground in Palmerston North in New Zealand, a home ground of the Central Districts.[1] In February 2000, New Zealand Women defeated England Women at the ground.

The city is the home of the Manawatu Turbos, who play in the Air New Zealand Cup, the premiere competition in New Zealand provincial rugby. The home ground is at FMG Stadium. The Ezibuy Manawatu Women's rugby team also plays at FMG Stadium.

YoungHeart Manawatu is one of 8 franchise teams competing in the New Zealand Football Championship, the premier national competition. The team formerly played at FMG Stadium, now at Memorial Park.

The Central Districts Stags is the region's premier cricket team and plays in the national State Championship. The team includes of a number of players born and bred in Palmerston North. Games are played at Fitzherbert Park.

John Cleese controversy

Comedian John Cleese raised the ire of residents in 2006 when he described the City as the "suicide capital of New Zealand". Cleese said he had a "bloody miserable time" while there as part of his 2005 tour of New Zealand, and suggested that "[i]f you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to Palmerston North will do the trick".[18] Locals responded a year later by naming a hill of refuse at the local landfill "Mt Cleese".[19]

Transport

Road

The city is a significant road and rail junction. State Highways 56 and 57 meet State Highway 3 close to the city, with these highways providing the main streets of the city. State Highway 1, New Zealand's main highway, passes about 25 km (16 mi) to the west.

State Highway 3 enters the city from the north-west as Rangitikei Street before turning left into Grey Street, north of the Square. On the opposite sides of The Square are Main Street West (in the south-west) and Fitzherbert Avenue (to the south-east), which connect with State Highways 56 and 57 respectively.

Many of the city's main public buildings are close to The Square and to Main Street East.

Palmerston North city centre from Palmerston North Hospital.

Fitzherbert Avenue extends south, crossing the Fitzherbert Bridge, the only bridge over the Manawatu River close to the city. The other is Fitzherbert East Road in Ashhurst, 14 km (9 mi) away. Massey University and International Pacific College (IPC), as well as some of the newly developed residential areas (Summerhill, Aokautere), are located east of the river.

Air

Palmerston North International Airport in the suburb of Milson is a secondary international airport. Domestic services are operated mostly by Air New Zealand. There have been no international services since Freedom Air ceased to operate in March 2008, and proposed replacement carrier OzJet cancelled its plans only four days before they were due to commence.

Palmerston North International Airport is the operational base of the Massey University School af Aviation, and by night is as a busy domestic freight hub.

Rail

At Palmerston North the North Island Main Trunk railway is joined by the Palmerston North - Gisborne Line, which runs through the Manawatu Gorge to Woodville and Hawke's Bay, with a connection to the Wairarapa Line at Woodville. The railway was originally routed through The Square, but was diverted to the north in 1964-1966. There are only two passenger trains: the Monday-Friday Capital Connection to and from Wellington, and the Overlander to Auckland and Wellington.

Bus

There is an urban bus service: five town buses and one campus bus leave the terminal in Main Street East (in front of the Palmerston North Courthouse) at least every half hour. It is run in conjunction between Horizons Regional Council and Masterton-based bus company Tranzit.

Bus Route name Services
Rangiora/Brightwater southern portion of Roslyn, including Terrace End and Hokowhitu
Roslyn/Rhodes northern portion of Roslyn and Kelvin Grove
Milson/Cloverlea Milson, Cloverlea and parts of Takaro
Awapuni/Rugby Awapuni South and Awapuni North
Highbury/Takaro Highbury, Takaro and Westbrook
Fernlea/Heights Kelvin Grove
12,12A,12B,12C,(14), 15 Massey services (14 also services IPC)

Occasionally there are buses which service Linton, Ashhurst and Feilding. There are frequent bus services to Massey (both Turitea and Hokowhitu Campuses) and IPC Campus.

Intercity buses run primarily run south (to Wellington), north (towards Auckland, via Wanganui, Taupo, or Napier) and east (to Masterton) from a terminus at the intersection of Main and Pitt Sts.[20]

Education

The large number of students from Massey, UCOL and IPC bring a youth culture to the city, helping to support the many cafes and bars. Highbury is the home of the Papaioea Campus of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Tertiary Education Institutions
School Name Location
Massey University Turitea
Massey University College of Education Hokowhitu
Universal College of Learning Palmerston North Central
International Pacific College Aokautere
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Highbury
Secondary schools
School Name Location
St Peter's College Milson
Palmerston North Boys' High School (PNBHS) Palmerston North Hospital Area
Palmerston North Girls High School (PNGHS) West End
Queen Elizabeth College (QEC) Palmerston North Hospital Area
Freyberg High School (FHS) Roslyn
Awatapu College Awapuni South
Longburn Adventist College (LAC) Longburn

Governance

On 1 November 1989, New Zealand local government authorities were reorganised. Palmerston North City boundaries were extended to include Ashhurst, Linton and Turitea through amalgamation of parts of the former Kairanga County, Oroua County and Ashhurst Town Council.

The Council consists of a Mayor and 15 Councillors. The Council's functions are broken down into seven units: City Future, City Contact, City Corporate, City Enterprises, Community and Commercial Services, City Library and City Networks. The Chief Executive is Paddy Clifford.[21]

The mayor is Jono Naylor, who was a councillor representing Hokowhitu. Elections for Mayor and local government occur nationwide every three years, with the next election to take place in 2010.

The City Council is in the Civic Administration Building and the Customer Service Centre building, both on the Square.

Palmerston North City is divided into five wards since Ashhurst and Fitzherbert wards have amalgamated. Four of these are urban and one rural.

Wards of Palmerston North
Ward Name Suburbs including Number of Councillor(s) Councillors [22]
Ashhurst-Fitzherbert Ward Ashhurst, Whakarongo, Turitea, Linton, Massey University, Aokautere Two Cr B Wilson
Cr Anne Podd
Awapuni Ward Awapuni West, Awapuni North, Awapuni South Three Cr Annette Nixon
Cr P J Wheeler
Cr Pat Kelly
Hokowhitu Ward Hokowhitu East, Hokowhitu West, Hokowhitu Lagoon, Terrace End, part of Papaioea Three Cr Gordon Cruden
Cr Jim Jeffries
Cr Chris Teo-Sherrell
Papaioea Ward Milson, Roslyn, Kelvin Grove, Palmerston North Hospital Area, Papaioea Four Cr John Hornblow Cr Lew Findlay
Cr Jan Barnett
Cr Ross Linklater
Takaro Ward Takaro, Highbury, Westbrook, Cloverlea Three Cr Michael Feyen
Cr Vaughn Dennison
Cr David Ireland

Services

Palmerston North City Council provides rubbish collections, water management, environmental management (e.g. Parks and Reserves) and the general maintenance of the city. Recently the City Council has funded the upgrading of the Square and the Clocktower and has proposed new infrastructure for the city, such as a recreational lake in Aokautere and a second bridge to ease traffic congestion at Fitzherbert Bridge.

Sister cities

Palmerston North has two sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities NZ (SCI):

Musical scene

Palmerston North has a thriving musical scene with many national and international acts touring through the town, and many local acts performing regularly.

Local groups

Local groups include the Manawatu Sinfonia and Manawatu Youth Orchestra (MYO) who perform throughout the year. Both these groups rehearse at Square edge under the guidance of Mr Schwabe, the conductor who has been present within the musical community of Palmersotn North for a number of years now. Within the community there is also the Manawatu Concert Band (MCB) which holds its practices at Freyburgh High School.

Notable personalities

References

  1. ^ a b "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2009". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2009. http://www.stats.govt.nz/methods_and_services/access-data/tables/subnational-pop-estimates.aspx. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  2. ^ See List of cities in New Zealand
  3. ^ http://www.ipc.ac.nz
  4. ^ a b PALMERSTON NORTH - 1966 Encyclopaedia of New Zealand
  5. ^ http://citylibrary.pncc.govt.nz/Chapter1.pdf
  6. ^ "Topic: John Tiffin Stewart". Kete Horowhenua. http://horowhenua.kete.net.nz/site/topics/show/218-john-tiffin-stewart. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  7. ^ "1890s". Palmerston North City Council. http://www.pncc.govt.nz/About/History/Detail.aspx?id=2043. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  8. ^ "1970s". Palmerston North City Council. http://www.pncc.govt.nz/About/History/Detail.aspx?id=2051. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  9. ^ "Introduction to Palmerston North". Palmerston North City Council. http://www.pncc.govt.nz/About/IntroToPalmerstonNorth/. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  10. ^ "Climate Data". NIWA. http://www.niwascience.co.nz/edu/resources/climate/. Retrieved November 2, 2007. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f Quickstats about Palmerston North City
  12. ^ a b http://www.stats.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/592B0521-E31C-45E9-9F14-E436E5A3319D/0/Sep07_PalmerstonNorthCity.pdf
  13. ^ Dictionary Of New Zealand Biography
  14. ^ "The Manawatu Community". Manawatu - Our Region. http://www.ourregion.co.nz/community.php?category=clubs&clubCategory=2. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  15. ^ NZ Police: Central District
  16. ^ http://www.palmerstonnorth.com/content/706/2008%20Community%20Outcomes%20Update.pdf
  17. ^ "NBL Handbook" (PDF). 2008. p. 23. http://www.basketball.org.nz/resources/uploads/2008/03/handbook-2008-lo-res.pdf. 
  18. ^ "Cleese tirade upsets Kiwis". SMH. 7 March 2006. http://www.smh.com.au/news/people/cleese-tirade-upsets-kiwis/2006/03/07/1141493650426.html. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  19. ^ "Palmerston North's heap of payback"". New Zealand Herald. 22 May 2007. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10440967. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  20. ^ http://www.nakedbus.com/routes/
  21. ^ Palmerston North City Council website: About Council
  22. ^ http://www.pncc.govt.nz/Council/Council/MayorAndCouncillors.htm Mayor and Councillors - Palmerston North City Council
  23. ^ Creative Sounds Society Incorporated
  24. ^ Student City - Swampfest 2007

External links

Coordinates: 40°21′S 175°36′E / 40.35°S 175.6°E / -40.35; 175.6


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Oceania : New Zealand : North Island : Manawatu : Palmerston North

Palmerston North [1] is in the lower North Island of New Zealand. It is situated in the Manawatu district.

Understand

Palmerston North has a population of approx. 75,000, is the seventh largest city in New Zealand and is the largest provincial city in the region. It's the home of the largest campuses of Massey University and the Universal College of Learning (UCOL) and also the International Pacific College (IPC), making Palmerston North a student oriented city currently home to around 18,000 students. It is also the home of the Linton Military Camp and has the RNZ Airforce Base, Ohakea, close by. The Adidas Institute of Rugby, based at Massey University focuses on improving the skills of the All Blacks the national rugby union team, though sightings of them there are rare.

For some reason Palmerston North is the butt of many jokes throughout New Zealand - mainly associated with the perception that it is constantly windy! The 160 odd electricity generating windmills probably add to this perception. Palmerston North has great facilities, and offers an affordable lifestyle. It's a nice place to bring up kids.

Get in

Palmerston North is 7 hours by car from Auckland and two hours from the capital Wellington on State Highway 1 (SH1).

Palmerston North Airport handles domestic travel as it lost its status as an International Airport in 2008.

It is also on the main railway line between Auckland and Wellington. There is a daily service - The Overlander. See the article Train travel in New Zealand.

Naked Bus offers the cheapest land transport option into Palmerston North with fares starting at $1 if you book early enough.

Get around

One of the advantages of Palmerston North is that it is compact and flat (easy to cycle around). The main educational institutions have cycle lanes from the city centre. The main route to Massey University along Fitzherbert Avenue is packed with cyclists every morning.

Palmerston North is built around The Square. Railway lines used to run through the Square, to the station, goods and shunting yards on Main Street west. This proved to be extremely impractical so the station was moved (1964-66) and the site turned into a park, known as the Railway Land. This explains why the roads radiating outwards from the Square are so wide because they used to accommodate the railway tracks. Most places are easily accessible by foot.

The Visitor Information Center is in The Square, phone +64 6 350 1922 , fax +64 6 350 1929 , email manawatu.visitor-info@xtra.co.nz.

  • Massey University, [2].
  • Universal College of Learning, [3].
  • Te Manawa, Address 396 Main Street , phone number +64 6 355-5000 (email enquiries@temanawa.co.nz, fax +64 6 358-3552), [4]. Open 10AM-5PM daily including weekends and public holidays (except Christmas Day). Combines a museum, art gallery and interactive science center, to create a fusion of life, art and mind. Free admission to LIFE and ART galleries. MIND galleries: $6 Adult, $4 Child, $15 Family.
  • New Zealand Rugby Museum, Address 87 Cuba Street , phone number +64 6 358 6947 (email info@rugbymuseum.co.nz, fax +64 6 358 6947), [5]. Open M-Sa 10AM-4PM. Su 1.30PM-4PM. Tour and Rugby Groups by arrangement. Contains NZ's biggest and most comprehensive collection of rugby memorabilia and records. Adults $5, Children $2.
  • City Library, 4 The Square , phone number +64 6 351 4100 (email pncl@pncc.govt.nz , fax +64 6 351 4102), [6]. M,Tu,Thu 10AM-6PM, W,F 10AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 1PM-4PM. 'New' award-winning Central Library.
  • Centrepoint Theater, Address cnr. Pitt and Church Streets , phone number +64 6 354 5740 (email centrepoint@centrepoint.co.nz , fax +64 6 354-5743), [7]. Performances on Tu at 6.30PM, W-Sa 8.00PM, no performance M. Stages a wide variety of plays. Has a fully-licensed bar plus coffees and desserts.
  • Regent on Broadway, Address 63 Broadway Ave, phone number +64 6 350 2100 (email manager@regent.co.nz, fax +64 6 350 2108), [8]. Stages many plays, stunningly refurbished.
  • The Esplanade, beautiful gardens (including a stunning rose garden), conservatory, walks, strolls along the Manawatu River, picnics, an aviary, playground for the kids , paddling pool, free electric BBQ's and a scenic railway. Victoria House, a historic building (the original Palmerston North's post office) is situated in the grounds. Open from dawn to dusk. The Education Center and conservatory is open weekdays 10AM-4PM and weekends 12PM-4PM. http://www.pncc.govt.nz/City/Entertainment/ToDo/ToDoItems/VictoriaEsplanade.htm
  • Lido Aquatic Center, Address Park Rd (alongside the Palmerston North Holiday Park and the Esplanade), phone number +64 6 357 2684 (email lido@clmnz.co.nz), [9]. Indoor facility open M-Th 6.00AM-8.00PM,F 6.00AM-9.00PM Public holidays and weekends 8AM-8PM. Outdoor facilities open during the Summer months M-F 6.00AM-7.00PM Weekends and public holidays 8AM-8PM. Covers an area of 1.62 hectares with indoor and outdoor pools, spa pool, toddler's pool, a diving tower and two hydroslides. Adults $2.50 Child $1.50.
  • DIY Guided Bike Tours, bike while enjoying a fully supplied Audio Guide commentary
  • Indoor paintball and go karts, Address 23 Bennett Street, phone number paintball +64 6 353 5092 go karts +64 6 353 5082 (email daytona.nz@xtra.co.nz, go kart fax +64 6 353 5084), [10]. Fun whatever the weather.
  • Cinema Gold boutique movie theatre. Address Downtown complex, ph +64 6 353 1902 (email enquiries@cinemagold.co.nz), [11].
  • Manawatu Gorge walking track, Enjoy the beauty and diversity of the New Zealand bush, and views of the spectacular gorge along the way.
  • Check out the specialist boutiques along George Street.
  • Try the malls at the Downtown Complex in Broadway Avenue (with its 8 cinema multiplex) and The Plaza.

Eat

Palmerston North has more eating out places per head of population than anywhere else in NZ.

  • The Stage Door Cafe, King Street, +64 6 359 2233.behind the Regent Theatre (right next to the stage door).. famous for it's coffee. Great food, and retro furniture. Very popular with students from UCOL. Stage Door serves Organico coffee, New Zealand's only truly organic and fair trade blend. [12]Stage Door Cafe now boasts a mini cafe in the UCOL Atrium.
  • Kruo Thai, Square Edge Courtyard, + 64 6 355 1222. Thai.
  • Monsoon Asian Kitchen, 200 The Square (opposite the Library), +64 6 359 2919. Asian. Small but tasty.
  • Wide selection at the Downtown Centre Foodcourt.
  • Mr India Tandoori Restaurant, 79E George Street, +64 6 354 5075. Pakistani
  • Pompeii's 355 Ferguson Street +64 6 359 0059. Italian. Go for the pizza.
  • Congo Burgers & Pasta, 164 Albert Street, +64 6 357 6040. Gourmet burgers and these are LARGE. You didn't taste a burger until you have tried these.
  • Barista 77 George Street +64 6 3572614, [13]. Innovative and interesting casual dining.
  • Subway, 69 The Square (below The Fisherman's Table), 357 6017.
  • Mao Bar,76 George Street +64 6 3548410,[14] Coffee and casual dining.
  • Yatai Japanese Izakaya Restaurant, 316 Featherston Street, 06 356 1316. [15] Warm and welcoming. Great Japanese food and drink.
  • Lone Star Restaurant, 36 The Square, +64 6 355 1986. Lovely Food, good value, friendly staff.
  • Thai House Restaurant, 88 Fitzherbert Ave, +64 6 357 0883. Good authentic food.
  • Zumak Sushi Bar, 406 Main Street, +64 6 353 5441. Small selection of the best of Japanese and Korean cuisine. My pick is the bi bim bap. $1 off all meals over $10 on Tuesdays.
  • Spostato Restaurant, 213a Cuba Street, +64 6 952 3400, [16]. from 6pm. Romantic Award-Winning Dining  edit
  • Eon Cafe, 737 Main Street, 06 354 5124. 7 - 4pm. Located in the Modena Building. Lovely food. Home made sammies and other bites to eat! Well worth a stop!  edit
  • Rose and Crown Olde English Pub, 743 Main Street, +64 6 355 3660.
  • Bar Mode, 1 Coleman Place , [17]. Live Music Venue
  • The Brewers Apprentice- Monteiths Bar, 334 Church Street, 06 358 8888, [18]. Stylish and respectable.
  • Breakers Cafe & Bar168-190 Rangitakei Street, Palmerston North,06 952 7700 [19]
  • Rydges Palmerston North, 140 Fitzherbert Avenue, ph 1300 857 922. Located only moments from the city centre and five minutes drive from Massey University, this hotel is close to many cultural and sporting activities. Situated on the banks of the Manawatu River, Palmerston North is only a 2 hr drive from the nation's Capital, Wellington. Rydges Hotels and Resorts is an Austrailian owned and operated company.
  • Pavilion Motel, Cnr Fitzherbert Av & Manawaroa St, +64 6 357 1131, [20]. There are 17 modern units including studio and 1-bedroom units, Mitex treated mattresses. All with microwaves and a kitchenette, and 2-bedroom apartments with full kitchens. Most units have spa baths.  edit

Get out

The central location of Palmerston North means that it is an easy two to three hour drive to the wineries of Martinborough and Hawkes Bay, the skifields of the Central Plateau (Whakapapa and Turoa) and the Art Deco of Napier.

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