Palmerston North trip planner
Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free
Trip Planner : South Pacific / New Zealand / North Island / Manawatu-Wanganui Region / Palmerston North
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Located in the eastern Manawatu Plains, the city is near the north bank of the Manawatu River, 35km from the river's mouth, and 12km from the end of the Manawatu Gorge. It is about 140km north of the capital, Wellington. The official limits of the city take in rural areas to the south, north-east, north-west and west of the main urban area, extending to the Tararua Ranges; including the town of Ashhurst at the mouth of the Manawatu Gorge, the villages of Bunnythorpe and Longburn in the north and west respectively. The city covers a land area of 395km2.The city's location was once little more than a clearing in a forest and occupied by small communities of Māori, who called it Papa-i-Oea sometimes spelt Papaioea, believed to mean "How beautiful it is". In the mid-19th century, it was discovered and settled by Europeans (mostly of British and Scandinavian origin). On foundation, the settlement was bestowed the name Palmerston, in honour of Viscount Palmerston, a former British Prime Minister. The suffix "North" was added in 1871 by the Post Office to distinguish the settlement from Palmerston in the South Island. The Māori transliteration of Palmerston North, is Pamutana (Nota). However, Te Papaioea is the preferred Māori name. In recent years the city has been nicknamed "Palmy" by locals.Palmerston North is in Manawatu-Wanganui Region. Plan how to spend your time in Palmerston North and other destinations in New Zealand using our New Zealand travel itinerary planner.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Palmerston North
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Top tours near Palmerston North
Wellington's Full Day Lord of the Rings Locations Tour including Lunch BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $144
Duration: 8 hours
See all ›
Hidden gems in Palmerston North
Side trips from Palmerston North
Shopping in Palmerston North
Nature in Palmerston North
Museums in Palmerston North
Places to visit with Palmerston North
Recently planned trips to Palmerston North
36 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND June, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Palmerston North BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 28 days in Palmerston North BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in Palmerston North BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 2 days in Palmerston North BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM CANADA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium