The 35th Conference of the
Australasian Society for Classical Studies


Palmerston North has its own domestic airport.

Delegates flying from Australia and beyond can either fly to Auckland and get a connecting flight to Palmerston North or fly to Wellington and make the 2-hour trip north by road (around 140 km). There are flights from Wellington to Palmerston North but not very frequently and in small aircraft. As the conference is taking place during the high season, you are advised to book your flights as early as possible. A taxi ride from the airport to the city or Massey University costs around $35-40.

From Wellington you can take the bus (Intercity or Naked Bus), get on the train (but there is only one trip a day), or hire a car at the airport. If you select this option, take State Highway 1 north.  About 80 km from Wellington there is a major intersection (which crosses the train tracks); turn right and follow the signs to Palmerston North. (All of this is well marked.) A few kilometres north of Shannon there is a road junction offering an alternative route to Palmerston North. Ignore this option and continue northwards until you see the sign for the entrance to Massey University. If you are heading to your accommodation first, keep going for a couple of kilometres to the city.

Palmerston North

One of New Zealand’s largest provincial cities (pop. ca. 82,000), Palmerston North is situated on the banks of the Manawatu River. Its central North Island location is conveniently close to west coast beaches, and within easy driving distance to the Hawke's Bay wine region, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Ruapehu, and New Zealand's capital city, Wellington.

Palmerston North is a vibrant youthful city with an 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.

The city has an attractive historic heart. Many of the original stores (built in the 1920s and 1930s) have been restored and now function as boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Palmerston North 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'.


Palmerston North has what might be described as a Northern Tasmanian climate with summer highs in the low to mid-twenties (a bit lower than the 45 degrees encountered in Sydney during the 2013 conference!)

Weather update:

Massey University

Massey University is one of New Zealand's largest universities, with approximately 35,000 students. It has three campuses in the North Island and a distance learning programme that delivers university qualifications to all parts of the country.

The Manawatu Campus is located in the outskirts of Palmerston North, approximately 5 km to the south.

Massey University

The ASCS conference will take place at the Ag/Hort Lecture Block.

Parking and Transportation


Travelling to Massey from Town: The main bus terminal is located on Main Street just off the west side of the Square. From there, the 12 and 15 buses travel around the corner of the Square and then down the length of Fitzherbert Avenue, picking up a number of times along the way.

Travelling to Town from Massey: The buses pick up from the main terminal (E9 on the campus map) at the time indicated on the timetable. They will also pick up from the bus stop on University Avenue (C7 on the campus map) on the way into town.

NOTE: The number 12 bus is the most direct (12 min trip), followed by the number 15 (15 min), which goes via the Hokowhitu campus, and the number 14 (20 min), which goes via IPC.  The other buses – the 12a, 12b and 12c – take significantly longer as they pick up from the suburbs before returning to the Main Street bus terminal.


  • Palmerston North Taxis - (06) 355 5333
  • Manawatu Taxis Ltd - (06) 355 5111
  • Gold & Black Taxis - (06) 351 2345

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