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Things To Do and Places to Visit



The Victoria Esplanade

Manawaroa St, Palmerston North
The Victoria Esplanade offers spectacular plant displays, rose gardens, aviaries, nature trail, fernery, conservatory, walkways, sports fields, mini railway, playground, paddling pool, toilets, free electric BBQs and a cafe. Open dawn till dusk.

Running 19 hectares along the Manawatu River at Palmerston North's southern entrance, the Esplanade is a striking city gateway offering a wealth of recreation and leisure pursuits.

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Dugald MacKenzie Rose Garden

From October to April the The Dugald MacKenzie Rose Garden in the Victoria Esplanade brims with colour and fragrance with over 5,000 plants and 100 rose varieties. Recognised as one of the world's top five rose gardens in 2003 by the World Federation of Rose Societies, it is home to New Zealand's National Rose Trial Gardens and the Plant Variety Rights Trial Beds.

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Ashhurst Domain

The Ashhurst Domain lies just 15 kilometres north of Palmerston North on State Highway 3 at the southern end of the Manawatu Gorge, nestled beside the Manawatu River and the Ashhurst township. The Ashhurst Domain is a native flora reserve of over 54 hectares with a sheltered family picnic area.

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Cross Hills

A visit to the Cross Hills Gardens and Nursery in Kimbolton, featuring New Zealand's largest and most comprehensive collection of flowering Rhododendrons and Azaleas is truly an experience to remember. Peak flowering October – November.

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Herb Farm

Two acres of themed gardens, 100% natural skincare and health care products manufactured on site.  Located 15 minutes away from Palmerston North near Ashhurst.



Te Manawa:  museum of art, science and history

326 Main St, Palmerston North Te Manawa is a regional culture centre where art, heritage and science themes dominate. Our exhibitions explore the past; seek to inform today and pose questions about tomorrow.

Te Manawa Website

New Zealand Rugby Museum

The Museum, located inside Te Manawa, contains a comprehensive collection of rugby memorabilia and records, including some of the world's rarest rugby artefacts.

Rugby Museum Website

Coach House Museum

The Coach House Museum in Feilding is a horse-drawn era museum giving insight into the life of our early pioneers through their stories, photos and the transportation they used to settle in the Manawatu and New Zealand.

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Cinema Gold

Cinema Gold screens a selection of quality mainstream and independent films in our intimate boutique cinemas. Sink back into our luxury seats as our state-of-the-art projection and sound technology bring you the best that movies have to offer.


Downtown Cinemas


Regent Theatre on Broadway

When the Regent Theatre opened on 4 July 1930 it was described as ‘The Theatre Beautiful’, and it was claimed that it was creating an entirely new standard of entertainment.

Regent on Broadway is a grand old lady of theatre with a timeless elegance, saved from demolition by the local community. It has been lovingly restored to its former glory.

The 1600 seat theatre was hailed as one of the country’s top six movie theatres in the early 1960′s. It was one of the largest built in New Zealand and became a landmark in the city as well as attracting national attention.

Today, as a 1393 seat venue, the Regent on Broadway can still claim to be one of New Zealand's finest performing arts facilities, indeed one of the top four in the country.

Regent Theatre Website

Regional Attractions


An authentic rural town, the hub of Manawatu's important agricultural sector, home to the largest stock saleyards in the Southern Hemisphere. Friday is sale day - guided tours - complete with a Farmers' Market.

Manawatu Forest Walks

Head to the hills and explore Manawatu by foot.


Manawatu Gorge

Manawatu Gorge (in Maori Te Apiti, meaning 'The Narrow Passage') runs between the Ruahine and Tararua Ranges of the North Island of New Zealand. In the past the Manawatu Gorge was a formidable barrier to west-east travel. The Manawatu Gorge was travelled by Maori who would haul their canoes upstream through the rapids.

The Gorge links the Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay regions. It lies to the northeast of Palmerston North – its western end is near the small town of Ashhurst, its eastern end is close to the town of Woodville.

A tramping track, the Manawatu Gorge Track, runs parallel to the gorge on the south side through native bush.

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Pohangina Valley

The Pohangina Valley, named after the river that flows through it, is about 50 Kilometers (30 Miles) long, and has been for a long time a beef and sheep area. There is a picturesque round trip from Palmerston North, easily achievable in half a day.

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Palmerston North Picnic Spots

Te Apiti Wind Farm

Te Apiti wind farm is located on Saddle Road north of the Manawatu Gorge, about 10 kilometres from the city of Palmerston North. It is situated within 1,150 hectares of farmland owned by several landowners, including Meridian Energy. The Te Apiti wind farm is the first wind farm to supply electricity to New Zealand's national grid. The Te Apiti wind farm is also a carbon offset project.

A short drive through Ashhurst onto Saddle Rd will take you right underneath - spectacular!

Key Facts:

  • Operator: Meridian Energy
  • Year installed: 2004
  • Number of turbines: 55
  • Turbine capacity: 1.65 megawatts
  • Wind farm installed capacity: 90 megawatts
  • Blade length: 35 metres
  • Tower height: 70 metres

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