Situated on the banks of the Manawatu River within the green hills of the area’s sheep and dairy district, Palmerston North is known as the “Student City” with half of the population below the age of 25. With this energetic, young vibe comes an abundance of affordable and delicious dining options, live theater and music, and quirky cafes. There’s always something going on! The city is also close to some of the region’s most scenic hiking trails and a date with nature is never far away. Additionally, Massey University’s esteemed original campus in Palmerston North is known for its close knit community and comprehensive course offerings including one of the world’s top 50 schools for agriculture and veterinary science. With such a wide range of experiences available, you’ll never have a dull day in Palmy

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Centrally on the North Island

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4.8 million

Māori Name

Te Papaioea




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