Palmerston North

2010-10-25 18:38

Palmerston North

Getting there
Palmerston North Airport has domestic services to all of major cities as well as numerous provincial centres.

Useful Links

Rugby World Cup Stadium
Arena Manawatu

Famous sons
Sam Whitelock, All Black 2010 – present
Christian Cullen, All Black 1996 – 2003
Mark Donaldson, All Black 1977 - 1981

Palmerston North 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. Conveniently located half way between Rotorua and Wellington, the region combines the charm of rural New Zealand with the sophisticated provincial appeal of Palmerston North city (affectionately known as Palmy).

The landscape sweeps dramatically from the Ruahine and Tararua mountain ranges, through the spectacular Manawatu Gorge and picturesque Pohangina Valley, along Manawatu River to the coastal plains of Tangimoana and Himatangi.  The region enjoys a mild climate, providing fantastic growing conditions for the many public, world-class gardens.

The city has emerged from humble, rural beginnings to become a major student and service centre for the lower North Island, with the wider, surrounding Manawatu district offering stunning scenery and activities.

Rugby heritage is celebrated at the New Zealand Rugby Museum. It contains New Zealand's biggest and most comprehensive collection of Rugby memorabilia and records, including some of the world's rarest Rugby artefacts.

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 whose illuminated cross was damaged in a storm in the first half of 2006.

There are a number of other 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).

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. That said, cricket is very popular, with the main ground, Fitzherbert Park, being the home for the Central Districts.

Palmerston North square. (Tourist board)


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