What to do and see in Palmerston North, New Zealand: The Best Places and Tips

April 7, 2018 Malia Yoakum

Palmerston North in New Zealand, from South Pacific region, is best know for Gardens. Discover best things to do in Palmerston North with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Palmerston North

1. Victoria Esplanade Gardens

Manawaroa St, Fitzherbert Ave & Park Rd, Palmerston North, New Zealand 356 8199
Excellent
58%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 403 reviews

Victoria Esplanade Gardens

Reviewed By Andy W - Wellington, New Zealand

Never been here before, was a little disappointed the cafe was shut a it was Waiting day but lots to do, river walk, nature trail and the hot house. The new building for the native birds looks excellent, cant wait to see it finished.

2. Te Manawa

326 Main Street, Palmerston North, New Zealand +64 6-355 5000
Excellent
58%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 191 reviews

Te Manawa

Reviewed By Agampodi - Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

New Zealand is a country with short history and Palmerston North is a small town. So you have a very small meusium as expected. However, it worths a visit. A well organized beutiful place.

3. New Zealand Rugby Museum

326 Main St, Palmerston North 4440, New Zealand +64 6-358 6947
Excellent
52%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 156 reviews

New Zealand Rugby Museum

The sport that shaped a nation.How did rugby come to play such an important role in the culture and heritage of New Zealand, and why are the All Blacks so good? Our Balls, Bullets and Boots Exhibition opens on 22nd August - Rugby Remembers WW1. Explore the rich history and folklore of the nation's game, see some of the world's rarest rugby artefacts, and learn about some of our rugby greats. You can get active by testing your rugby skills in the dedicated "Have A Go" area and measure yourself against the best.

Reviewed By brownSH28 - Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

A very good exhibit for rugby history buffs but not so much for non rugby fanatics (we are the non fanatics). We kind of just breeze through the exhibit but the rugby activity is fun and makes up for the cost of the entry fee.
The staff manning the exhibit was very friendly and knowledgable.

4. Palmerston North i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

The Square, Palmerston North 4444, New Zealand +64 800 626 292
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 78 reviews

Palmerston North i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Providing a comprehensive information and booking service for Palmerston North City and New Zealand, the i-SITE is your one stop shop for all things travel! Based centrally in the middle of The Square, Qualmark endorsed and a part of New Zealand's official Visitor Information Network, i-SITE's friendly staff will help you plan your perfect holiday, journey or adventure.

Reviewed By jobst56 - Hamburg, Germany

Service is about people - and the young lady was so unfriendly. Maybe she didn't like to work on a Sunday.
We asked elsewhere - and found our way through town.

5. Robertson Holden International Speedway

51 Cuba Street, Palmerston North, New Zealand +64 6-358 8838
Excellent
67%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Robertson Holden International Speedway

Reviewed By nomadmattm

We've been coming to the annual NZ Superstock Teams Champs for 17 years now, wouldn't miss it. Great facilities, various food vendors, great action for the whole family, not cheap to go to but worth every penny

6. Dugald MacKenzie Rose Gardens

Victoria Esplanade Drive | West End, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand
Excellent
69%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Dugald MacKenzie Rose Gardens

Reviewed By Sus1952 - Palmerston North, New Zealand

In the summer these rose Gardens are extremely good and must rank as some of the best that I have seen in the world. They are always kept neat and tidy and because of the layout you get a good view of all the rose beds. Because we have a long season of roses in Palmerston North it is lovely from late October well into the autumn months. There is plenty of Seating so you can sit and enjoy.

7. Palmerston North Clock Tower

The Square, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Excellent
39%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 140 reviews

Palmerston North Clock Tower

Reviewed By sun20 - Michigan

This clock tower sits at the center of the square, rather good looking. There are Gardens surrounding the clock tower. The top of the clock tower used to be a large cross. In one recent year, a box was installed on the top to cover the cross, which changed this clock tower to its current column appearance... A bit sad, really.

8. Lido Aquatic Centre

Park Road | West End, Palmerston North, New Zealand +64 6-357 2684
Excellent
33%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 59 reviews

Lido Aquatic Centre

Reviewed By discountbay - Palmerston North, New Zealand

We are locals and I've been to the Lido over a thousand times. I was a GYM member there and take my kid there for swimming. They have fantastic facilities and people working there are great, friendly and helpful.
It's expensive though compared to similar facilities in Auckland.
It also takes forever for repairs. It took them half a year or so to refurbish family bathrooms. A pool was out of action for months last year for painting. Right now the sauna is closed for two days and counting for cleaning.
You don't have much choice in Palmerston North, but having said that, the children enjoy and it's a great place to go.

9. Centrepoint Theatre

280 Church Street, Palmerston North, New Zealand +64 6-354 5740
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Centrepoint Theatre

Reviewed By Lynn C - Palmerston North City, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

I have been to Centre Point Theatre on numerous occasions and have seen some fabulous plays there.
The acting is of a really good standard. The place small enough to make for a great atmosphere. One of my favourite nights out.

10. The Square

Main Street, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Excellent
42%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

The Square

Reviewed By nilintentum_reliquit - Melbourne, Australia

PMR although classified as a city is a big town with a country feel. The clock tower in the centre square is surrounded by greenery, sculptures and watery features. A good spot to stretch your legs or break your journey.
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