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You’ll become part of a welcoming and friendly community, as well as finding everything you need and want in Manawatū. Choose your lifestyle, from peaceful rural villages, bustling townships or the city life of Palmerston North, we’ve got the right place for you.

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Ultimate Lifestyle

Would you love to cycle to work, or just cut down time spent in traffic? With a 10-minute average commute, Palmerston North is the city for you. And with median house prices lower than in the larger centres, your next home is an affordable reality.

Cycling down the Manawatu River pathway

Work-Life Balance

Enjoy the ultimate work-life balance offered in Manawatū. There are ample opportunities to develop your career or grow your business, while easily fitting in family time, outdoor adventure, hobbies and interests.

Manawatus has a central location

Central Location

Need to get out of town easily for meetings? Perhaps you need to commute to the Capital? With more than 30 flights in and out of Palmerston North daily, and a weekday commuter train to Wellington, our central location makes doing business a breeze.

Massey students graduating

Top Class Education

With leading tertiary education providers Massey University, UCOL and IPU New Zealand all based in Palmerston North, along with excellent schools you’ll have top class education opportunities here in Manawatu.

International Education

From Overseas?

Are you looking to immigrate to New Zealand or come to study? You’ll feel welcome in Manawatū with immigrants from all over the world choosing to live here, it’s a true multi-cultural community.

City Life

Shopping, vibrant arts and culture, or fine dining and a glass of wine, Palmerston North has it all. From a night out at the theatre to an afternoon spent over good coffee and conversation, you’ll love what’s on offer.

Rangiwahia Hut Track

Natural Wonders

Bordered by majestic bush-clad mountain ranges, west coast beaches and sprawling farmland, with the Manawatū and Ōroua Rivers flowing through the heart of the region, getting back to nature in our great outdoors is easy.

Calling Manawatū Home

Palmerston North city and Manawatū are experiencing record levels of growth and investment and we’re inviting you to be part of the action. Don’t just take our word for it, discover why our locals love to call Manawatū home and start planning for the life you’ve always dreamed of.

Attracting New Talent

Are you looking to attract new people into the region? We understand that labour and skills shortages are some of Manawatū businesses’ biggest barriers to growth, so we’ve created a ‘Move to Manawatū’ Visual Library, filled with videos and images to support you in your marketing and recruitment efforts. Access the library here.