It’s easy to get here by plane, train, car, bus, motorhome (we have official Motorhome Friendly Towns), by bike (via the NZ Cycle Trail) or even by foot (via the Te Araroa Trail). Quick and easy or nice and slow, start planning your journey here today.   

Conveniently located in the central North Island, Manawatū is a national hub for distribution and logistics with connections to major centres and regions in all directions


Palmerston North Airport is 5 kilometres, or a 10-minute drive from the city centre and is the gateway to the Region and Central New Zealand. The airport has up to 40 scheduled flights per day from all major centres in the country.

Taxi and shuttle services to the city depart from in front of the airport terminal building and many of the major New Zealand vehicle rental companies are represented at the airport. Drivers can access the airport from Airport Drive or McGregor Street and secure 24 hour parking is available with both short and long-term parking rates.

Airport amenities include:
Cafe Ignition (open daily from 5:30am)
Relay Lotto & Bookshop
Meeting Rooms
Free WiFi
Koru Lounge

Palmerston North is the only city in the Manawatū, making it a central hub for visitors to the region and an ideal place to base yourself or to start your Central New Zealand discovery.

Serviced by:
Air New Zealand

Direct Flight Times

Auckland 1 hour
Wellington 35 mins
Christchurch 1hr 10 mins
Nelson 45 mins
Hamilton 50 mins


Northbound Train – Palmerston North city is a stop on the famous Northern Explorer train between Auckland and Wellington taking in some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery. The Northern Explorer operates a six day timetable, departing Auckland on Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Wellington on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Southbound Train – Travelling to and from Wellington is easy on the Capital Connection – a two hour commuter rail service between Palmerston North city and Wellington that runs Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).


New Zealand’s largest bus network, InterCity, gives Manawatū access to the rest of the North Island.


Accessing the Manawatū is easy, with multiple options from the main North Island highways. If you take our suggested scenic routes you’ll find that the region provides a spectacular driving experience.

Download The Country Road – Manawatu’s Official Visitor Guide.

Suggested driving route from Auckland/Taupo on State Highway One, turn off just south of Mangaweka at Vinegar Hill onto ‘The Stormy Point’ route to see dramatic landscapes and drive through picturesque villages and towns.

Suggested driving route from Wellington on State Highway One, turn right over the railway tracks just before Levin onto State Highway 57 and enjoy a stop off at the village of Shannon for designer clothing, local art and a great cup of coffee. Upon arriving in the city, head for The Square in the heart of the CBD, where the i-SITE is located.

Drive Times

Taupo 3 Hrs
Wellington 2 Hrs
New Plymouth 3 Hrs
Wanganui 45 mins
Napier 2 Hrs