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Palmerston North Holidays Overview
Palmerston North is located at the foot of the Tararua Mountain Range, on the banks of the Manawatu River. This large regional city has a population of about 80 000 and is a 7 hour drive to Auckland and a 2 hour drive from Wellington. Palmerston North was cleared in 1866 and the first European settlers started arriving in 1871. The original industries for the region were sheep and cattle farming, and it became an important road and railway link. The city is now known as the Knowledge City, being home to both the of Massey University and the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute.
Palmerston North, often called Palmy by the locals, is a garden city with loads of culture, sports facilities, shopping, cafes, bars and restaurants. There are many restored buildings dating from the 1920's and 1930's to add to the character, along with outdoor sculptures.
This is a city with literally something for everyone of any age including walking through the amazing gardens, parks, and national parks, to visiting museums, galleries, and shops.
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Rangitaane Waitangi Day Festival is held on February 6 every year. The local council plans many events for the locals including interactive cultural activities, a civic
ceremony, open air concerts, and plenty of stalls. Plenty of kids activities make this a great family day out. Bring a picnic basket and and a rug.
Winter Arts Festival is designed to banish the winter doldrums. This Festival aims to celebrate the many different types of arts and artists in the city. The emphasis is on everyone being able to participate and be exhibited. As a result, the art is displayed all over the city, in cafes, theatres, streets, the Plaza, and even in vacant shops. The Festival provides many artists with a first time at exhibiting their works or performances.
holidays - How to Get There
FLIGHTS Air New Zealand provides an extremely regular and daily service to the following New Zealand destinations Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington and Hamiltonian. There are no direct flights from any Australian cities to Palmerston North. You will have to catch a flight to Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington or Hamilton and then another flight from there.