Palmerston North Travel Guide

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Palmerston North Things to Do

  • Art around the Square(City Centre)

    Not always popular at the time with locals,( due to costs) but art has gradually been sited around the central city and the Square had a makeover costing the then Mayor the next election, I now believe it has added to our city.

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  • Te Manawa

    My primary reason for being in Palmy was to visit the rugby museum, but given that it is in the Te Manawa complex, I thought I might have a look around the local museum as well. Well worth a look, particularly the local Maori history section.

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  • NZ Rugby Museum

    This place is full of rugby memorabilia, and is only $5 to get in. If you're going to be in Palmy, and you like rugby, what better place to be.Update Dec 2012. Visited this again and it was moved in 2011 just before the rugby world cup into a more spacious site in the Te Manawa museum complex. Entry is now $12.50.There are some interactive areas...

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  • Te Apiti Wind Farm

    On the way to Napier (SH 3) from Palmerston North you pass the turn-off to Ashurst. Through the town is a turn to the right into Saddle Road which takes you past the Te Apiti wind farm. The turn-off is clearly marked. We found it by accident as there was a detour through Ashurst due to roadworks on Napier Road.It is operated by Meridian Energy and...

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  • Centrepoint Theatre

    This is a professional theatre and has a really good standard AND the cheapest coffee in Palmerston North. $2-50 for an enormous cafe latte. And it was good too. The bar also sells wine but I didn't notice if they sold beer.It is a charming venue, close to the Square - and this year (2010) they have an all NZ list of plays.My sister and I went to...

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  • Globe Theatre

    I went to see a show here last Saturday - not so great - although the theatre is just lovely - it seats about 200 and is in very good nick. I am going to see another show here tomorrow. But I know the actor (travelling up from Wellington) so I know the show will be of a certain standard. So, you know, the trick here is pick your show. Unless you...

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Palmerston North Restaurants

  • Very artisitc food!

    Traditional Thai decor and food - great ambience and service. Not expensive. I chose lemon Chicken and Mum had the Sweet and Sour. The food was very good but what took our fancy was the way it was presented. Potato baskets and butterflies made from beetroot!

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  • A Classy Cottage Setting with Gourmet...

    The Vavasseur Restaurant is a high end restaurant that is a great place to go for special occasions. Booking reservations in advance is essential.This classy restaurant is located in a small historical house and has a very warm and cozy atmosphere. Beef fillet ( fill-it as Kiwis say).In the USA it is called fillet Mignon (fi-lay min-yon) Any way...

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  • On the Massey campus

    This grand old ex farmhouse is on the Massey campus, about 2 miles out of town. When it was gifted to Massey it was used for lectures, then as a staff club, but now it is a function centre, with an extremely nice cafe.I drop in quite a lot because the atmosphere is superb, the coffee is great, and the food is delicious and very reasonably priced....

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  • Best ice cream In Palmerston North

    I was wandering in the Downtown Arcade which runs through from Main Street to Broadway Ave - where the cinemas are - and a noticed a crowd of people queuing up to get into a cafe. So I went to have a sticky beak and people were queuing for ice cream. So I had one. Oh my goodness it was good. As good as any I have had. And I am a bit of an...

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  • Plenty of good cafes in Palmy

    We do not suffer from lack of coffee. Or snacks and cakes and light meals. Of the ones I have tried I like Bethany's and Stage Door but my favourite is Barista in George Street, near the library. The people are nice and the ambience is artistic (live jazz and mural painting of a Saturday night) and they stay open late! They close at 11pm. Very very...

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  • Great Guinness

    I ended up eating here twice. If you like Irish pubs, this is where you should go! It's right next to the Square and both times I went it was busy. The food I had there was excellent but I especially enjoyed the lamb salad. The lamb was thinly sliced, lean and tender. It ended up being some of the best lamb I ate in New Zealand. It also went great...

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Palmerston North Nightlife

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    by craic Updated May 26, 2010

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    I am staying in a flat right on the Square in the centre of town and I can tell you Palmerston North goes off every Friday and Saturday night. Mercy, the loud music, the shouting, the fights, the bottles smashing, the revving cars.
    Below my lounge window is a kind of a secluded courtyard so people gather to partake of illegal substances or to scream at each other.
    Across the yard is a gay club and the music echoes around the concrete canyon and when it closes at 3am the bartender throws bottles into the skip right under my window.

    Gee I am turning into a grumpy old woman.

    But one Staurday night I met a nice young man who was a black belt in karate and who was at a loose end so he escorted me around various night life venues so I could observe.

    We met at a cafe called Barista in George Street which closed at eleven so we went down to Regents Arcade to see what we could see.

    First off we tried the Celtic Inn which seemed quite jolly and friendly, if a little low rent.

    Then we went across the way to a bar called The Fish.

    But oh dear. I couldn't stay there. The music was thumping and the tank of traumatised fish (who can feel vibrations) really upset me. Very cruel, that. Worse than live crayfish tanks in restaurants.

    We walked past an agreeable little place called the Old Skool because time was getting on and I wanted to have a look at what was happening in the Square.

    PS I went back and took all these photos the next day.

    Regents Arcade. Celtic Inn. Celtic Inn. The Fish. Old Skool.

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Palmerston North Transportation

  • Green Bike trust offers free bikes

    In Palmerston North you can get free bikes to use during your stay at the green bike trust, located at Massey University

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  • Train

    The train station is now a long long way from the centre of town. It was shifted in the 60s, leaving a lovely old hotel called The Railway Hotel, high and dry.There is a commuter train called the Capital Connection that runs week days, leaving Palmy at 6-20 and returning from Wellington at 5-17.It costs $24 and is very comfortable, with a little...

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  • Bus

    Once upon a time you would catch the train to Palmy, in fact the train went right through the middle of town. But in the 60s they shifted the line and the station to the outskirts of town and now people catch the bus to Wellington, or Tauranga, or wherever. I find it best to book on line because you can get cheaper fares. The fares are variable...

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Palmerston North Shopping

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    by craic Written Jun 28, 2010

    A wonderful independent bookshop, known to all in Palmy and far and wide. It is conveniently located next to the library in George Street - the street of cafes.
    Bruce is an older guy, these independent booksellers are an endangered species, and the shop doesn't seem to have a website.
    I've been to a book launch here and it was very agreeable.
    There is also a great second hand bookshop in Rangitikei Street and the Red Cross book sale, once a year in winter is famous for being crowded with avid buyers who can get quite aggressive.
    A friend tried to take me to it but we couldn't get parking within cooee of it. So popular.

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Palmerston North Local Customs

  • This is a very problematic piece of...

    It is a statue in the Square in memory of Te Peeti Te Awe Awe, who was Rangitane, who fought in the Maori Wars. Fair enough, one might think. Then one notices he fought under the command of General Hood! He was on the wrong side!It is standing there, and it is not being defaced, or in any way seems to be the centre of protest, which I found...

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  • Te Reo

    It's usually called Te Reo (the language) and it means Maori - Te Reo Maori.Palmerston North's Maori name is Te Papa-i-oea. And I am trying to find out what that means. It is suprisingly hard to do.This city is in the Manawatu and I have found out what that means. Manawa is heart and tu means stops. Thus - The heart stops. Obviously the heart stops...

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Palmerston North Off The Beaten Path

  • Manawatu Gorge Tracks

    Manawatu GorgeIt is hard to imagine that such a beautiful and accessible piece of forest is less than 20 minutes drive from Palmerston North city.The Manawatu Gorge tracks are located approximately 12 km east of Palmerston North adjacent to State Highway 3. Access to the Manawatu Gorge track from the west (Ashhurst end) is from the carpark on the...

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  • Take a road trip to Bulls

    Take a road trip to an UDDERLY cute little town just a stones throw from Palmy called Bulls for a fun day trip.

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  • Keeble's Bush

    This is the best remaining remnant of the lowland forest that used to cover this area. Because it is so rare and precious and small it is closed to the public and you can only see it by appointment. Because I am the Visiting Literary Artist at Massey I got an appointment, with some difficulty, and had a fascinating guided tour by a botanist. She...

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Palmerston North Sports & Outdoors

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    by scrooge1947 Written Jun 17, 2003

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    The Adidas Institue of Rugby has been built on land at Massey University, which was built by Massey and help from the local council., leased back to the NZRFU.
    It is a three storied building, including motel type rooms and full training facilities.
    The roof is shaped likeca silver fern.
    Lots of sports teams meet in camp here , which is not only isolated to rugby groups.

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