“Palmy” is a city abuzz with youthful energy nourished by Massey University, New Zealand’s largest institution for the life sciences, agricultural, horticultural and veterinary teaching and research.
As one of the country’s rural hubs, the region is awash with real New Zealand attractions, including the March District Field Days, the largest regional agricultural field days in New Zealand.
Central Districts Field Days is the largest regional agricultural field days in NZ – over 500 exhibitors and over 38,000 visitors.
Many of Palmerston North’s original buildings from the 1920s and 30s have been restored and are now charming boutiques and cafes and the city is a good base for exploring the many large private gardens in the surrounding countryside.
For adrenaline junkies, though Gravity Canyon is the place to go. Here you can jump 80 metres off the country’s highest bridge bungy, free-fall 50 metres on a giant swing, or ride an amazing flying fox at 1.1km long.
The beautiful Manawatu countryside is also a magnet for hikers and bikers and for sports fans there’s the attraction of some of the greatest mementos of All Black rugby in the New Zealand Rugby Museum.