Palmerston North City offers all the sophistication and cultural of a major urban area, whilst being surrounded by some of the most stunning countryside that New Zealand has to offer. With a multitude of heritage sites, art galleries and theatres, Palmerston North is quickly becoming New Zealand’s ‘hidden gem’. Whether you want to explore Maori culture, learn about the importance of rugby in modern New Zealand, or simply enjoy great music, the city is guaranteed to impress lasting memories upon anyone who visits.
Palmerston North has plenty of places on offer when it comes to accommodation. Of course, where you choose to stay will depend on the nature and duration of your trip, but those visiting on business or for longer periods will be hard pushed to find a better option than a serviced apartment. The Squa.re present a range of such properties, ranging from self-contained studios to luxury corporate housing, each specially selected due to its high standard of interior furnishing, the desirability of its location and its range of mod cons. Serviced apartments in Palmerston North not only offer all the comfort and convenience of traditional accommodation, but have the added benefit of full kitchen facilities - essential for those looking to self-cater their trip.
Palmerston North is a city that has something for everyone - whether you are a sports enthusiast, outdoor lover or connoisseur of fine arts and culture, the city’s diverse attractions present something for everyone. It is also a great base from which to explore the surround countryside, which offers stunning vistas along several popular hiking trails.
The city has an emerging cultural scene, with everything from specialist industry museums to galleries showcasing contemporary indigenous art. There are also several cinemas, theatres and live music venues, offering a diverse range of acts all year round. For those looking for something a little more adventurous, there are also numerous escape rooms popping up all over the city.
Another major selling point of Palmerston North is simply its setting: the city is surrounded by incredible countryside and there are numerous excursions available, ranging from multi-day camping trips to afternoon hikes in the hills overlooking the city. There are also plenty of more adventurous pursuits, from off road karting to mountain boarding, available just outside the main urban area.
Palmerston North has some of the best dining anywhere in the country. Many of the most popular places are in close proximity to the the Square, including the ever popular Table 188 Kitchen & Bar or the more laid back Noodles 'N' Dumplings. South East Asian cuisine is particularly popular in the city, with Pho Nem Hanoi Home Cooking being particularly popular with locals and tourists alike.
Palmerston's central square is also a great place to head to if you are looking to do a little shopping. Home to the Plaza, as well as several individual retailers, the area offers everything from designer fashion to cutting edge electronics and homewares. Just across the road is also the Bendon Outlet Palmerston North - a great option for those who are shopping on a budget and looking to pick up some bargains.
If you are visiting New Zealand for the first time, then Te Manawa offers the chance to learn about the culture and development of the islands as well as their natural history. Alternatively, sports fans will no doubt want to check out the New Zealand Rugby Museum, which has plenty of interactive exhibits and games. A trip to the Palmerston North i-SITE Visitor Information Centre is an easy way of finding out what’s on and where during your visit.
If you are planning to use public transport to get around Palmerston North, then your options are pretty much limited to the city’s bus services, as there are no trains or metro. The service is reasonably priced and comprehensively covers the city centre. There are also plenty of cycle ways, making this a viable option for exploring the city. Those wishing to explore the surrounding areas however, maybe better suited to hiring their own vehicle upon arrival.
Several firms have their national headquarters in Palmerston North. The engineering sector is represented by Steelfort Engineering Ltd and Quest Industries, with car giant Toyota also operating out of the city. Further to this, New Zealand Pharmaceuticals are also based in Palmerston North and one of the city’s biggest employers
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