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About Palmerston North New Zealand

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Palmerston North is an inland city in the Manawatu/Whanganui region of New Zealand, located on the eastern Manawatu Plains, near the north bank of the Manawatu River.

A vibrant university city, Palmerston North is home to more than 70 major educational and research institutions. These include Massey University, the Massey University Sport and Recreation Institute at the Massey University campus, Turitea, Universal College of Learning (UCOL) and Linton Army Camp.

Palmerston North enjoys a rich arts and theatre scene, and offers a wide range of attractions and activities.

Many of Palmerston North's original stores built in the 1920's and 1930's have been restored. Now they are charming boutiques, cafes and great restaurants.


Palmerston North enjoys a temperate climate. Temperature in the day averages 22 °C (72 °F) in summer and 12 °C (54 °F) in winter. Average temperatures here rise above 25 °C (77 °F) on 20 days of the year.


There are many parks, gardens, historic houses, museums and other places of interest in and around Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Popular attractions in Palmerston North include the Manawatu Gorge, The Victoria Esplanade Gardens, Cross Hills Gardens and the Ruahine Forest Park.

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