Ruahine and Tararua apartments Ngā whaitua o Ruahine me Tararua

Ruahine and Tararua offer self-catered accommodation for mature and returning students near our campus in Palmerston North. Students live in six-bedroom apartments with shared bathrooms.

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  • Cost
    $182 per week
    per week
  • Furniture
    Fully furnished
    Fully furnished
  • Ideal for
    19+ year olds
    year olds
  • Catering
  • Walking time
    5 minutes to campus centre
    5 minutes
    to campus centre

With 24 furnished single rooms in each of the two apartment blocks, the six-bedroom Ruahine and Tararua apartments are suitable for mature and returning students. Each containing four 6-bedroom units, the apartment blocks are set among a community of accommodation halls, and are a 5-minute walk to the centre of the Massey campus and near the bus stop to the city.


  • Fully furnished, single rooms within six-bedroom apartments for 48 students (24 per block) aged 19+ years.
  • Shared bathrooms, lounge and kitchen. Access to communal laundry, common room, computer lab and outdoor space with views across Palmerston North.
  • Self-catered.
  • Wifi in all rooms and common areas, and communal computer lab.
  • Close to all student facilities, including lecture theatres, the library and the Colombo Road public bus stop to Palmerston North.
  • Among a community of other halls of residence.

Rooms and furniture

All bedrooms in Ruahine and Tararua apartments are fully-furnished single private rooms. Each has a window that can be opened, and a secure lockable door.

Each room includes:

  • a single bed and mattress
  • wardrobe
  • drawers
  • desk, lamp and chair
  • shelves, mirror and rubbish bin
  • carpet and curtains
  • heater.

Your apartment kitchen contains basic cooking and eating equipment including:

  • plates and cutlery
  • pots and pans
  • cooking utensils such as wooden spoons, spatulas.

Items you should bring

Along with clothing and personal items, you should also bring:

  • toiletries and toiletry bag
  • your own bedding and towel (or you can buy a pack containing these items on arrival)
  • coat hangers
  • laundry detergent
  • 3M hooks/tape or white tac, if you wish to hang anything on your wall (no tape, nails, screws or blu tac allowed).

You may also choose to bring a small fridge, no larger than 45L, which must be put on a waterproof mat.


Ruahine and Tararua six-bedroom apartments each have a shared gender neutral bathroom with shower and basin, plus a separate toilet. Bedrooms also have their own basin.


Ruahine and Tararua apartments are self-catered. Students can store food and prepare their meals in the shared apartment kitchen, or communal kitchenette.

There are a range of supermarkets in Palmerston North, on bus routes, for students to purchase food from.

Communal spaces and shared facilities

The six-bedroom apartments each have a lounge with couches, a coffee table and a TV. Apartment kitchens have a fridge/freezer, stove and oven, sink, microwave, toaster and jug .

Ruahine and Tararua apartment residents can also use nearby Monro Commons, a large modern shared space with couches, tables and chairs, a TV, a deck with views across Palmerston North, a kitchenette and toilets.

The nearby Stables laundry, which has washing machines, dryers and outdoor rotary clotheslines, is accessible 24/7. The laundry is free of charge to use — students supply their own detergent. A computer lab is available within Ruahine Hall.

All these common facilities are shared with residents from other Monro Hill halls.


Students are allowed to store some forms of alcohol in this hall and drink it in moderation within designated areas on set days and times.

2022 pricing

The pricing for Ruahine and Tararua apartments is as follows.

Pricing for Ruahine and Tararua apartments 2022
Room type Week Full year Semester One Semester Two
Single room in 6-bedroom apartment $182 $7,280 $3,458 $3,640

Room rates include:

  • wifi
  • laundry facilities
  • electricity (although residents who use more than a reasonable amount of electricity will be charged extra).

All students can pay by semester or full year. Domestic students are also able to pay by direct debit on a weekly basis.


To secure your accommodation, you will need to pay a deposit by the date stated in your letter of offer. The deposit is $670 for a full year or $630 for one semester and includes an administration fee, a refundable bond and an activity fee.

If you need to cancel, there is a cut off date in order to secure a refund of the bond and activity fee – the administration fee is non-refundable.

2022 occupancy dates

These are the contract dates for 2022.

Ruahine and Tararua apartments contract dates for 2022.
Term Duration Start date End date
Full year 40 weeks 15 February 2022 22 November 2022
Semester one 19 weeks 15 February 2022 28 June 2022
Semester two 20 weeks 5 July 2022 22 November 2022

Your accommodation contract term must reflect your study programme - if your programme of study is full year you must apply for full year accommodation.

More information

For an overview of Massey University's accommodation at Manawatū (Palmerston North) including a comparison of halls, pricing, catering, services and support see:

Manawatū accommodation overview

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183 Tennent Drive, Massey University, Palmerston North 4472, New Zealand

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Manawatū accommodation office


Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Office phone

After-hours only

+64 27 246 2316 (calls Residential Assistant on duty)


Physical address
The Manawatū (Palmerston North) accommodation office is located in the YFC Building on Rehab Road.

Postal address
Massey University
Student Accommodation Manawatū
Private Bag 11222
Palmerston North 4442

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