Discover Palmerston North

Discover Palmerston North,Te Papa-i-Oea, known colloquially as Palmy.  It sits within the region of Manawatū, and when visited its recommended to view through the eyes of the locals. From eating and drinking hit-lists, shopping hot spots and rural discoveries. Visit this city, its the start of something beautiful. Dive right in!


Early Palmerston North relied on public works and sawmilling. The west coast railway was built in 1886, linking the town to Wellington, and Palmerston North benefited from a booming pastoral farming industry. Linton Military Camp, Palmerston North Hospital, and the establishment of Massey University (in 1927) have reduced the dependence on farming due to more skilled workers, since the early 20th century.


Te Manawa Museum

Te Manawa is the cultural heart of a city that thrives on discovery – entertaining and inspiring people from all walks of life for more than 40 years. It’s more than a museum and a gallery. It’s a place where concepts and communities come together.


With an engaging programme of exhibitions and events, as well as an extensive collection of taonga (treasures), Te Manawa offers a unique opportunity to experience and participate in, the stories of our past, present and future.

With its dynamic and colourful venues, Te Manawa plays host to community events and, in collaboration with Centrepoint Theatre, houses ‘The Darkroom’ – an exciting space for rising playwrights, musicians and experimental productions.

New Zealand Rugby Museum

Visit the iconic New Zealand Rugby Museum in Palmerston North, home to the world's first museum dedicated to the oval ball.

You'll be rewarded with a trip back in time exploring the rich history and folklore of New Zealand's national game, discovering the stories, legends and myths. Along the way you will get a feel for the real New Zealand by learning how its rich rugby heritage has shaped and been shaped by our country.

It's not every day you can see the nation's treasures in their reality, the first All Blacks match programme, a 1905 'Originals' jersey and the whistle from the final Test of the 'Invincibles' tour, to today's playing kit.

Test out your rugby skills - kicking, tackling, leaping, sprinting and pushing - in the 'Have a Go' area. If the kids are with you they'll love to imitate their heroes!