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The city of Palmerston North boasts a vibrant and connected urban environment within a compact CBD making it the perfect place to hold a conference. The city is easily accessible with regular flights from all major centres, and is within easy drive from Wellington, and central and lower North Island destinations.

Sectors of Strength

Palmerston North city and Manawatū is home to leading research and educational institutions providing access to expertise and world-class facilities within our sectors of strength – health, education, distribution and logistics, agrifood and agritech, and defence. Take the opportunity to tap into this supply of expertise, specialist knowledge and established sectors in our diverse economy during your event.

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Central Location 

The unique geographic location of Palmerston North provides a strategic advantage for conference organisers. The airport is only a short 10 minute drive to the CBD, with excellent flight connections from all major centres. Palmerston North’s catchment is wide and offers access to over one million people within a three-hours drive.  

Variety of Venues 

Palmerston North offers a variety of options when it comes to convention venues, including some very special and unique locations.  You can choose from purpose-built convention centres, major hotel chains, an iconic brewery, an Edwardian theatre, an international motorsport track and a country club where you can step out of the meeting room straight onto a 9-hole golf course or driving range. 

Compact City 

Once you arrive in Palmerston North there is very little need for transport as the city is very compact.  All accommodation options offer free car parking and are within close walking distance of most conference venues, restaurants, shopping, cafes and great walking tracks. 


Palmerston North city offers a great return-on-investment for organisations running their conference here, with excellent value across a range of venues, accommodation and conference services. There is minimal or no need for transport while in the city, due to the close proximity of facilities and low taxi fares, resulting in great savings for both conference organisers and delegates.

Japanese food being served at Haru Kitchen Palmerston North

Haru Japanese Restaurant, Palmerston North

Strong Industry Sectors 

The city is recognised as a centre of excellence for research, technology  and education, and has a proud history of nurturing entrepreneurs and innovators. It is home to more than 70 educational and research institutions, Linton Military Camp, Ohakea Airforce Base and the Sport & Rugby Institute. 

Eating and Drinking Options

You’ll be spoilt for choice with Palmerston North’s diverse selection of dining options. From fine dining restaurants to casual eateries, bustling city cafes and award-winning coffee roasters, vegan and organic dining options and some of the best Vietnamese food outside of Saigon. Find out more about where to eat and drink in Palmerston North.

Great Shopping

Palmerston North city is a premiere shopping destination for the lower North Island. The Plaza, offers over 100 shops under one roof and houses all the major brands as well as quality niche stores. In the heart of the city’s arts and culture precinct, George Street also tempts with a range of upmarket boutiques and contemporary cafes. 

Vibrant Calendar of Events 

A busy events calendar of shows, music, arts, culture and community events keeps the region dynamic and engaging all year round.

“Being such a central location, with good access by road and air, Palmerston North was a great location for our conference. The compact nature of the city made for easy walking distances between our accommodation and the venues”.

Hiromi Morris – President – Sister Cities New Zealand