Palmerston North on the North Island of New Zealand is a populous city of approximately 90,000 people, accessed by road from Wellington, or via the International Airport just outside the city. Palmerston North is a primarily business and education city – with many hotels and apartments catering to business travellers and conference delegates, as well as cheaper accommodation for students.
Most hotels are centred around ‘The Square’ – the main shopping and commercial centre of the city. Palmerston North train station is a 20 minute walk from the Square, or a quick 5 minute cab ride.
Palmerston North is also a great entry point for wine lovers, with 2 major wine regions a 2 hour drive from Palmerston International Airport, including Martinborough and Hawkes Bay.
Palmerston North is the ideal location to start your exploration of the North Island, travelling along the coast all the way to the largest city, Auckland.