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The attractive city of Palmerston North is a good place to break up a long day’s drive or relieve the numb bum bus syndrome on your way to Wellington. Keep in mind that there’s a lot more to do in the elegant capital of New Zealand before you catch the ferry to the South Island. If you want to get off the beaten track, take the inland route south which passes through scenic hilly countryside scattered with sheep, trout-filled streams and lakes, and sleepy little villages where excitement is a new face in town. The southeast area of the North Island is wild, remote, untouched – in direct contrast with the highly populated urban southwest – and well worth checking out if time and transportation are your own.

Palmerston North is an attractively laid-out city where emphasis has been given to shady parks and flower-filled gardens. The Square, a park in the middle of the city, provides some welcome green relief from the busy commercial center. Saunter past perfect lawns, beds of shrubs and flowers, and all sorts of trees, and don’t miss the sunken gardens, floral clock, ornamental ponds and fountains, and chiming clock tower. In summer, large numbers of Palmerstonians head to the Square for lunch or afternoon tea, and throughout the year the Soundshell and Open-Air Amphitheatre host musical performances and public speaking events. One of the most popular city parks, The Esplanade, covers 20 acres of bush and gardens along the banks of the Manuwatu River and appeals to all your senses. 

For terrific views of Palmerston North, the surrounding countryside, and Mt. Ruapehu and Mt. Egmont, take a short drive to Anzac Park where there’s a lookout and observatory. Massey University is the city’s main educational facility. The campus consists of an intriguing blend of historic old homesteads and ultra-modern architecture set in superb surroundings. Bledisloe Park, on the northern campus boundary, is a quiet place to catch up on a bit of reading or swim in a small woodland stream.

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