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No matter what stage of life you’re at, you’ll love living in Manawatū. We’ve got everything thing you need to achieve the lifestyle you want, while not skimping on the essentials.

Welcome Packs

We want new arrivals to love the city and region as much as we do. These Welcome Packs will help you settle in and become a local. Inside you’ll find essential information about living, working and playing in Palmerston North City and Manawatū.

To help you start exploring Palmerston North, here’s a short guide of things to do in the city.

Affordable Housing

Whether you want to rent at first or you’re keen to buy a new home straight away, there are plenty of options in Manawatū. And with the median house price just over $400,000 (compared to $680,000 nationally), buying a home is an affordable reality.

Schools and Tertiary Study

Of course you want the right schools for your kids and Manawatū can offer that. From top quality public education and kura kaupapa to top private schools and Christian based schools, education needs are well covered.

See a full list of Manawatū’s excellent education options.


If you’re looking for a great place to retire to, look no further. Manawatū has a thriving senior population with lots of opportunities for joining clubs, volunteering and just getting out there and being social. As well as affordable housing, the region offers a selection of friendly, welcoming and modern retirement villages.

See our retirement villages and options.


Palmerston North city is home to a large hospital and the region has a number of wider health services, so access to top healthcare is easy.

Visit the Healthpoint website for a comprehensive list of all healthcare services available, including general practitioners, accident and emergency medical centres, dentists, pharmacies and mental health services.

Public Transport

You can rely on public transport in our region, with buses running regularly in Palmerston North and Feilding and between Palmerston North and other Manawatū towns. A bus service also regularly runs to the Palmerston North Airport.

For maps, fares and timetables visit the Horizons Regional Council Bus and Transport page or phone 0508 800 800.

For help with any other travel bookings, including Intercity buses, trains and ferries, call the Palmerston North City i-SITE on 0800 626 292.

New to New Zealand?

If you are new to New Zealand and our region and are looking for friendly community-based advice to help ease the transition, we recommend contacting:


Our libraries offer an extensive selection of books and so much more.

The Living Room of the City, Palmerston North City Library is a refuge from the hustle and bustle of life. Relax as you choose a new novel and sit for a while in the lounge chairs overlooking the Square. Make use of library computer and free WiFi, or the fully operational recording studio. There are five other community libraries located in surrounding suburbs, as well as a Mobile bus – a library on wheels that visit 39 locations every week.

There are also a variety of events and programmes for adults and children hosted by the libraries, and check out Youth Space, a hub for teenagers.

Feilding Library is a central hub in the community, offering more than just books and friendly service. The Library hosts a range of events and programmes for all ages, from pre-school to community events and late night study nights for students.

Night time showing the city and CBD

Palmerston North City Library, credit PNCC.govt.nz.

Essential Information

Emergency Services

In an emergency, dial 111.

The Palmerston North Central Police Station is at 410 Church Street, Palmerston North.

The Feilding Police Station, open 8am-4pm weekdays, is at 93 Kimbolton Road, Feilding.

Councils in the Manawatū Region

There are three councils in the region:

Rubbish and Recycling

Dog Ownership

For information regarding dog ownership visit:


All home and land owners are required to pay rates to their local council in order to fund core services and infrastructure.

Find out about rates in your area: