Palmerston North is a sizeable city kept lively by a large population of university students. Enjoy the museums, restaurants and rose gardens.

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One of New Zealand’s largest provincial cities, Palmerston North has an attractive historic heart. Many of the original stores (built in the 1920s and 1930s) have been restored and now function as boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Rose gardens and museums should also be on your agenda, particularly the Dugald McKenzie rose breeding centre and the Te Manawa gallery and museum complex. For sports enthusiasts, the rugby museum is an essential stop. Palmerston North is known for interesting dramatic productions – check out what’s on at the local theatres. For exceptional scenery, walk the magnificent Manawatu Gorge.

Functional facts: Approx. population 85,000, i-SITE Visitor Centre, domestic airport, and train station.