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Palmerston North is located on the Manawatu River and is the main city of the Manawatu-Wanganiu region on the North Island, New Zealand. With close to 80,000 people, it is the eleventh-largest city in New Zealand. Within two hours of the city one can find the beaches and wineries of Hawkes Bay, the skiing and climbing of Mount Taranaki, historic Maori sites and the rural splendor of Wainarapa.
The city boasts an array of activities including the Science Center, the Manawaku Museum, numerous galleries, golf courses and a variety of outdoor walking and climbing activities. From October to March the city hosts the Stockcar season, including World Championship races.
Palmerston North has a large student population, and the city is home to Massey University and the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute, giving the city the title of Knowledge City'.
With so much to see and do in Palmerston North a hired car can be a smart investment of your tourism dollar. With a hired car you can base yourself in North Palmerston and drive to activities all over North Island without the hassle and inconvenience of bus and train schedules.
Hiring a car can also enable you to see the lush pastoral countryside of what has made New Zealand's North Island world famous. Visit the snowcapped Mountain of Ngauruhoe in the Tongariro National Park (pictured above) for extraordinary views you wont ever forget.
Palmerston North is served by Palmerston International Airport, located a short ten minute drive north from the city. There are several major car rental companies operating at the airport including Hertz, Avis and Thrifty. Whichever company you choose, a hired car can make your time in Palmerston North a more enjoyable and more memorable experience. For a greater selection of suppliers to choose from compare prices online here today.
Wellington International Airport is less than a 2 hour drive south of Palmerston North and operates many international flights around the world.
Trains pass through Palmerston North from Auckland to Wellington. Getting around Palmerston North is easiest on foot or bicycle, however, if you wish to see the magnificent sights of the North Island of New Zealand then we highly advise you opt for car hire.