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By Air

Palmerston North International Airport (IATA: PMR, ICAO: NZPM) is located on the outskirts of the suburb of Milson in Palmerston North, New Zealand, 5 km north-east of the City central area.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 of Aviation, and by night is as a busy domestic freight hub.

By Train

Until 1964, the railway ran through the city centre, with Palmerston North Railway Station in The Square.The station was moved and the track diverted 2.5 km to the north by the Milson Deviation in 1959-1963; work on the deviation had started in 1926.There are only two passenger trains: the weekday-only Capital Connection commuter train once a day to and from Wellington and the Overlander to Auckland and Wellington.Near the current railway station, 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.

By Bus

Five urban buses and one campus bus leave the terminal in Main Street East (in front of Palmerston North Courthouse) at least every half hour.Services are coordinated by Horizons Regional Council and a Masterton-based bus company, Tranzit.Occasional regional services run to the nearby towns of Linton, Ashhurst and Feilding.Intercity routes are operated by Intercity and Nakedbus.Intercity's routes run south (to Wellington), north (towards Auckland, via Wanganui, Rotorua and Taupo or Napier) and east (to Masterton) from a terminus at the intersection of Main and Pitt Sts. Naked Bus runs from outside the iSite in The Square.

By Bicycle

Palmerston North is perceived as being better for cycling than most New Zealand cities with 2001 figures putting it a close second only to Blenheim in terms of bicycle modal share.However there has been a large decline in bicycle use falling steadily from 13% of all commuting trips in 1986 to 5.42% in 2006, significantly faster than any other transport mode.Palmerston North has a fairly comprehensive 65km on-road bicycle lane network, particularly in high traffic areas to make it safer for people to get around the city by bike.The cycle lane network has been criticised for a number of reasons.Motor traffic is often too fast and there is no physical barrier between bicyclists and motorists.Most bicycle lanes in the city are marked out with parking spaces for motorist parking, making those lanes pointless and raising the risk of motorists opening car doors into the path of passing bicyclists.

By Road

The city is arranged in a grid pattern and is a significant road and rail junction.As such it is an important distribution hub for the lower North Island, with many freight distribution centres based here.State Highway 3 is the main State Highway in Palmerston North.This enters the city from the north-west as Rangitikei Street before turning left into Grey Street, north of the Square.The highway continues along Princess Street to Main Street East, where it continues eastwards as it exits Palmerston North and Ashhurst as Napier Road.State Highway 1, New Zealand's main highway, passes about 25 km (16 mi) to the west of the city.Rangitikei Street is the main portal allowing inwards and outwards traffic to and from the north.Main Street is the main east-west thoroughfare broken only by The Square.

Key places to visit
The Plaza Shopping Centre, The Square, Arena Manawatu, The Globe Theatre, Santa's Cave, Tongariro National Park


Places to Visit

The Plaza Shopping Centre

is a shopping mall in Palmerston North, New Zealand owned by Kiwi Income Property Trust.It is the biggest mall in the Manawatu region.Originally 19,700 m2, the mall underwent redevelopment from 2008 to 2010 refurbishing the existing space and expanding to 32,000 m2.Redevelopment was done in three stages.The first stage opened in March 2009 with a new food court, a multi-level carpark and 15 new specialty stores.The second stage opened in September 2009 with an additional 10 specialty stores.The third stage opened March 2010 with the addition of 32 specialty stores, a two-storey 7,200 m2 Farmers department store and another multi-level carpark.

The Square

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 Rangitane chief who was instrumental in the sale of Palmerston North district to the government in 1865 and a clock tower with an illuminated cross.The Maori name for the Square is Te Marae o Hine.Te Peeti Te Awe Awe was one member of a Maori contingent who gathered around 1878 to choose a Maori 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.

Arena Manawatu

is the current name of the 180,000 square metre publicly owned recreational complex just west of the Palmerston North city centre in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand.It has three linked indoor stadiums with movable tiered seating. Outdoor facilities include football fields and a speedway track with grandstand.It claims to handle around 8,000 bookings per year, regularly catering for 36 different sporting codes in addition to annual or other infrequent events such as the "A & P Show", religious conventions and festivals.The facility has had a number of international fixtures as of late; these include: Netball between New Zealand and England, Super Rugby games and a Hyundai A-League game.

The Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre was opened in November 1982.It is administered by a Trust Board on behalf of the Palmerston North City Council and is available for hire.The theatre comprises a stage, dressing rooms, foyer and auditorium.It has a seating capacity of 174 and a fully equipped kitchen for serving morning teas, afternoon teas and meals for up to 70.Bar facilities in the foyer area can be made available by arrangement.With its central location and excellent parking facilities the well equipped modern theatre is capable of a variety of uses, including live shows, conferences, meetings, lectures, seminars and film screenings.

Santa's Cave

Young and old alike are welcomed back to enjoy Palmerston North’s historic Santa’s Cave.This year visitors can discover the story behind Santa’s Cave from the time it first opened to the public at Collinson & Cunninghame’s department store 93 years ago.Come and experience the magic.The cave is open every day from 10am – 5pm. Children can visit Santa every Monday to Friday from 10.30am – 12noon and 3.00 – 4.30pm and every Saturday and Sunday between 11.00am – 3.30pm.

Tongariro National Park

Established in 1887, Tongariro was the first national park in New Zealand and the fourth in the world.It is also a dual World Heritage area, a status which recognises the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.It is a place of extremes and surprises, a place to explore and remember.From herb fields to forests, from tranquil lakes to desert-like plateau and active volcanoes - Tongariro has them all.Tongariro National Park is within 90 minutes drive from Palmerston North.

Right Time to Visit

September - February