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Situated on the banks of the Manawatu River nestled at the foot of the impressive Tararua Mountain Range, a growing city of about 80,000, Palmerston North is unique.

The Square, Palmerston North courtesy of www.manawatunz.co.nz

The subdivision of Palmerston North began in 1866, with the most important stimulus to the growth of the town being the development of pastoral farming. As early European settlers cleared the native forest with axe and fire, a new vegetation of grasses and clovers provided the basis for cattle and sheep farming.

The city has been able to maintain a complementary relationship between the modern conveniences and technology of big city life, and the quality and ease of small town lifestyle, offering visitors and residents alike 'the best of both worlds'.

Fitzherbert Avenue courtesy of www.manawatunz.co.nz

Palmerston North is a vibrant youthful city with the active student population, nearby Linton Military Camp, and several knowledge organisations. Since 1930 the City's economic base has been broadened by the establishment of Massey University and the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute, hence it bears the distinction of being New Zealand's `Knowledge City'., all adding to a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Shopping to rival that found anywhere in New Zealand awaits the serious 'retail therapist', whilst connoisseurs of fine food, a good espresso or a great nightlife will find themselves spoilt for choice from the tasty smorgasbord of restaurants, cafes and bars. One professional and two amateur live theatre companies, New Zealand's most successful multiplex cinema, and the recent 12 million dollar complete refurbishment of the city's magnificent 'Regent on Broadway' make Palmerston North a popular destination for enthusiasts of the screen and stage.

Manuwatu River Palmerston North is served by an excellent international airport only a short distance from the city. The airport is open 99.97% of the year. Palmerston North's lack of fog and well-positioned runways are the key to its ability to ensure timely flights. Planes are able to take off and land while facing into strong winds. It's crosswinds that are troublesome. Fortunately Palmerston North International Airport's runway was built with the prevailing wind in mind and is able to take redirected flights when other airports, such as Wellington are closed.

An important convention city, Palmerston North International Airport also has a good range of well-timed business flights to and from all major centres in the North and South Islands.

By road, Palmerston North is only seven hours drive from Auckland and two hours from the capital, Wellington. The City's central location also places it within easy two hour drives of the North Islands Central Plateau skifields, the beaches and wineries of the Hawkes Bay, Mount Taranaki and historic Maori sites of the Taranaki region, and the rural splendor of the Wairarapa.

Clocktower, Palmerston North courtesy of www.manawatunz.co.nz

Mother nature has endowed Manawatu area with endless opportunities to experience the great outdoors, from short walks in splendid native bush, half day walks through the spectacular Manawatu Gorge, to tramping in the majestic Ruahine, or Tararua Ranges. Museums, gardens and arts & crafts abound, with many cottage industries to be discovered in the beautiful Pohangina Valley. The area provides every type of accommodation - top class hotels, motels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, home and farmstays. An excellent array of restaurants and bars to suit all palates are a popular feature of the city.

Palmerston North is served by an excellent international airport only a short distance from the city. The airport is open 99.97% of the year. Palmerston North's lack of fog and well-positioned runways are the key to its ability to ensure timely flights. Planes are able to take off and land while facing into strong winds. It's crosswinds that are troublesome. Fortunately Palmerston North International Airport's runway was built with the prevailing wind in mind and is able to take redirected flights when other airports, such as Wellington are closed.

Massey University Area:

  • Land area 22,179 kilometres
  • Area 32,594 hectares
Climate
  • Palmerston North's average mean daily maximum temperature ranges from 22 degrees celsius in February (14 deg. cel. overnight minimum) to 12 degrees celcius in July (2 deg. cel. overnight minimum).
  • Palmerston North averages 20 days per year above 25 deg. cel.
  • There are on average 200 rain-free days.
  • Rain actually only falls 5% of the time.
  • The annual rainfall is 960mm.
  • July has the highest average rainfall of 97mm while the lowest is measured in February at 60mm.
  • Fog is a rarity and hence the Palmerston North Airport is open 99.5% of the year which is more than any other airport in the country.
  • The prevailing wind is a westerly breeze and in spring can be stronger, but rarely reaches galeforce.
Population
  • The population of Palmerston North is estimated to be 79,800 at the 2008 Census.
  • Palmerston North is New Zealands sixth largest city.
  • Population of the Manawatu-Wanganui Region was 229,200 at the 2008 Census.
  • Over two-thirds of New Zealands population live within 400km of Palmerston North city.

Family Picnic in The  Square, Palmerston North - Courtesy of www.manawatunz.co.nz Biking in Manawatu - Courtesy of www.manawatunz.co.nz

PALMERSTON NORTH CITY COUNCIL

    32 The Square, Palmerston North 4410
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
    TEL: 06-356 8199
    FAX: 06-351 4471
    EML: info@pncc.govt.nz
    WEB: http://www.pncc.govt.nz/
    MAYOR: Jono Naylor


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Surrounding Townships

· Ashhurst (15km)
· Bulls (30km)
· Feilding (20km)
· Foxton (38km)
· Marton (44km)
· Levin (49km)
· Woodville (27km)

Suburbs

· Aokautere
· Awapuni
· Bunnythorpe
· Cloverlea
· Fitzherbert
· Highbury
· Hokowhitu
· Kairanga
· Kelvin Grove
· Linton
· Longburn
· Milson
· Papaioea
· Roslyn
· Summerhill
· Takaro
· Terrace End
· Turitea
· West End
· Westbrook
· Whakarongo