Home » Travel

Palmerston North Often Overlooked by Tourists

Aug 17, 2007
Situated on the banks of the Manawatu River, Palmerston North is the main centre of the pastoral Manawatu region. Nestled at the foot of the impressive Tararua Mountain Range, the early growth of the town owed much to the development of pastoral farming in the area.

Though often overlooked by tourists, the town acts as a major crossroads, linking the North Islands major roads in all directions. It has a relaxed feel and provides a pleasant stopover point on route to Wellington down highway 1.

The towns name lends itself to the third Viscount Palmerston with the north added to differentiate between its namesakes in south island in 1871. Home to 78,000 residents and with a big student population it rests at the foot of the Tararua Mountain Ride.

Palmerston North is primarily known as a university town, with New Zealands second largest university, Massey, is located here.

The town hosts a handful of tourist attractions.

It is centred on The Square a seven hectare green space at its heart and all roads into the city lead to here. The Westside of city is best known for its arts and culture with several noted museums and theatres, while Manawatu Sports Stadium heads the list of the numerous sporting venues, including the All Blacks training ground at the NZRU Institute of Rugby.

On the outskirts of the city, stretching along the shores of the River Manawatu is Esplanade Park, which is noted for its gardens, native bush and walking tracks.

There is a relaxed atmosphere to this university town and many of its activities reflect this from a pleasant stroll through the picturesque gardens or beside the river to the chance to browse the museums or art galleries. Perhaps the biggest draw amongst the museums on offer in Palmerston North is the New Zealand Rugby Museum. Housing a number of interesting exhibits and memorabilia documenting the history of the game, both in New Zealand and in other rugby playing nations, the museum commemorates the most popular sport in this very sporting nation.

For those seeking more active pursuits, Manawatu Gorge is located about 15 km out of the town and offers jet boating, horse trekking, abseiling and drift rafting options.

You will find most major car hire companies have offices in Palmerston North including depots located at the airport. You will also find a number of local car hire companies. During busy periods and especially after a long flight, hiring a car can be a long and frustrating process, especially if you have already been held up with flight delays. By booking your Palmerston North car hire in advance you can avoid all this.
About the Author
Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The
Palmerston North Rental Site
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources