Palmerston North, lovingly called as just Palmerston by the ever proud locals and at times Palmy, is the major city of a region called Manawatu-Wanganui of New Zealand’s North Island. This beautiful city of lush green area is actually located inland with Manawatu plains on its Eastern side and Manawatu River’s bank on its Northern side. The mouth of the Manawatu River is about 35 km away from the city and also 12 km from the Manawatu Gorge’s end. The airport of Palmerston North is equipped with all the facilities that a passengers would need. However, to enter into the city the tourist will have to book flights connecting Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington with the city airport. Palmerston North is city full of vibrant art pieces, classic relaxing ambience enhanced by the warmth of the locals and nature’s beauty at its highest point. Visit this city just once and you are bound to remember the people here for your whole life.
AS per the census done in the year 2006, the population of Palmerston North was somewhere in around 75,543 that was a certain increase of 4.9% (3507 individuals) from the population recorded in 2001. However the last census done in the year of 2013 showed the population has increased to the number of 80,097. This population of Palmerston North comprises of many different ethnicity which are categorized as follows:
Also the total population of females was around 51.2% (39,192) much more than 48.1% (36,345) of males
Visiting any destination in New Zealand is actually open in all seasons as the view and beauty of every city and town in different season are quite different which in turn means different season brings in different aspect and grace of the place. Same is the case with Palmerston North. What kind of activity and what kind of season you like decides the season you should visit Palmerston North. For adventure and water sport tasks summer is the best possible season to plan the trip, however, if you are looking for a little relaxation and peace then warm winter mornings and spring as well as autumn season are the best. To make sound decision about your season to visit, you need a little prior information on the weather conditions of the city, which are illustrated below:
The airport of Palmerston North is situated in the Milson suburbs right outside the city which is about 3.4 miles (or 5.5 km) away from the CBD (Central Business District) and is considered to be the best and impressionable getaway for the gorgeous and adventurous North Island. The airport caters for domestic flights to local cities like Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington etc. These airplanes come under company name of Jetstar, Air New Zealand and Originair. Furthermore the airport presently serves operations for Massey University School of Aviation and is the best and major airport hub for Parcelair. Catering to passengers from all over the world through interconnecting flights from some of the local cities, airport comes with certain facilities which are mentioned below:
As informed above the airport of Palmerston North only caters for domestic destination which has resulted in strong domestic inter-connectivity of flights to and from this city to other local cities of New Zealand. Although the passengers do have to take interconnecting flights to reach this airport, the other airport are major International ones which are fully equipped to deal with all requirements of the passengers. Domestic airlines and respective destinations are mentioned below:
Dining options in Palmerston North is in abundance. Whether you are hungry for your favorite Japanese sushi dish or looking for some spicy Indian food, you will get it all in these cute restaurants of this city. Most of the places here serve multi-cuisines of rich taste and incredible aroma wafting from it. Many restaurants have even received accolades and people’s choice recognition for a particular cuisine. Some of these choices are mentioned below:
Got an exciting day of touristy action ahead of you but have to be truly awake in early hours of the day? Well get your tired sleep driven body over to Cafe Cuba for caffeine or a sugar shot. The place gets quite crowded by chocolate addicted locals and tourist with its coffee being the main hit. Menu includes the best of the best risotto, cakes, curries, salads and finger licking delicious corn fritters. A must try dish is Halloumi and eggplant stack which deserves all the love it gets. The best part – they have wake up call for kids as well.
Table One Eight Eight
Over a period Street with name No 188 Featherston has donned many feathers ranging from stationery gift store, dairy product shop, furniture exhibit and of course the ever famous fish and chip. Currently this street has been given another feather in its cap with a bistro named Table One Eight Eight that has with its classic décor and superbly delicious seasonal dishes made a big space in heart as well as stomach of locals along with all tourists. Menu ranges from French to Italian to a lot of New Zealandish. Don’t miss out on Waikanae crab and Kumara cake delicacy. Accompanying it is different range of fantastic wines.
With the background of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves behind this restaurant Turkish vibe in the atmosphere is with full force. The décor of the place consist of magic carpets accompanied with offbeat Trans music and hookahs displayed, the place brings in the Turk magic without much effort. The delicacies served are not far behind in bringing out flavors of Turks with the main and most appreciated dish being Lamb Shish Kebab and falafels followed with Turkish coffee. Kebabs can be taken away packed too.
Experiences in Palmerston North will be life changing for every individual. Exhilarating and blood pumping sports adventure including water sports is quite different with other relaxing activities that can be done in this area. Tourists can plan to go on excursions and combined neighboring towns and cities to complete in one go or just explore the whole of Palmerston North full vacation. With it not being that known in the world yet, there are many undiscovered gems waiting to be explored. Some of the beauties, however, that you should not miss out on are:
Te Manawa is that combination center where tourist can hit two targets with one stone. This is basically a community center wherein locals and tourists both can entertain themselves myriad range of activities going from art to history to science. As with other places in New Zealand, even this center is hugely impacted with Maori culture that shows in all the exhibits and paintings showcased. The gallery is particularly interesting as all the pieces are changed on frequent basis in order to appreciate a=more and more hard work of the local artists. The play area for young kids and toddlers are perfect to entertain them with hands on painting experience. For the sporty fans, the place – Rugby Museum is must visit and will hold many memories for them.
Another must visit place is an art gallery by the name of Zimmerman. It was recently built in the year of 2010 in the center of the city with the aim of providing the local artists the opportunity to display their art work and get recognition for it. It showcases paintings, sculpture and drawings, basically any type of literal art work by the locals who are quite talented but find it hard to get their talent recognized. The place is structured along the street width which allows people to view the fantastic work of art throughout the year and full 24 hours a day. Do make a plan to visit the gallery and if something does catch your eye, do not hesitate to buy it as you never know when you might get to boast of the fact that you have an original of a particularly famous artist.
|Wheel Chair Availability||Yes|
|Prepaid Booth (TAXI)||Yes|
|Terminal Interchanging Facility||No|
|Domestic Flights Connectivity||Yes|
|One Day Shelter||Yes|
|Taxi Cost||$3.00/ km (NZ)|
|Apartments Rent||Starting from $150 / week|
|Beer||$ 3.25/ 0.5l (NZ)|
|Mineral Water||$ 2.00 / 1.5l (NZ)|