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City living without the stress. A bustling city, with a relaxed atmosphere, Palmerston North offers the sophistication and diversity of a major city, with the freedom and space of a provincial centre. The community is diverse but close-knit, where newcomers are warmly welcomed.

Palmerston North

Palmerston North’s attractive city centre surrounds The Square, a picturesque seven hectare park in the middle of the city. On the fringes of this beautiful green expanse you’ll find a vast array of cafés and restaurants that will keep your taste buds tingling.

The Plaza shopping centre, and locally owned boutique shops on Coleman Mall and George Street meet everyone’s shopping needs, while the library, the Living Room of the City, looks out over The Square and provides a quiet sanctuary for all.

If you’re after a spot of culture, just a stone’s throw away you’ll find Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and Heritage and the Zimmerman Art Gallery. For the rugby fanatics, Palmerston North is also home to the New Zealand Rugby Museum.

Palmerston North’s diverse range of cultures brings a dynamic, international perspective to everyday life, not to mention a delicious array of cultural cuisine and a vibrant events scene.

A year-round calendar of events keeps the city alive and humming, from motorsport mayhem, to urban festivals of creativity, culture and music that bring the streets alive with their colour and sounds. Our diverse arts and theatre scene also offers something for everyone.

Your free time will be easily filled with great community facilities such as the Lido Aquatic Centre, as well as a network of beautiful parks and reserves.

He Ara Kotahi, a new bridge across the Manawatū River links the Manawatū River Pathway to Linton allowing you to cycle the beautiful new pathway from Palmerston North all the way to Linton.

Getting into the great outdoors is easy with gorgeous bush walks, sunset beach wanders and extreme mountain bike downhills all within 30 minutes drive of the city.

And for those looking to work or study in Palmerston North, you’ve come to the right place. The city is home to leading tertiary education providers Massey University, UCOL and IPU New Zealand, as well as a number of crown and commercial research facilities. And being located at the crossroads of the central North Island, the city is a distribution and logistics hub.

Other major employment sectors include government agencies, healthcare, agribusiness, IT, manufacturing, and more. Palmerston North is also home to a large number of defence personnel, with the Ohakea Air Force Base and Linton Military Camp located nearby.

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