Palmerston North

Palmerston North is a connected and compact city that offers the sophistication and diversity of a major city with all the freedom of a provincial centre. Centrally located, there are no limits to the lifestyle available here.

All roads lead to The Square in Palmerston North City - a beautiful inner city park and social hub sprinkled with public art and surrounded by boutique shops and cafes. Wide roads, little traffic and off-road trails that circumnavigate the city make it great for cycling. It is said that Palmerston North has more restaurants and cafes per capita than anywhere else in New Zealand. Eating out in the city is a treat for the taste buds. A strong coffee culture satisfies the javaholics and workaholics (wifi included), and Pacific Rim and Asian cuisines dominate the restaurant scene, with a healthy dose of classic Kiwi dining. From Friday through Sunday, markets offer the best of locally grown produce and gourmet treats, and are easy on the wallet. This region also knows how to grow a good steak!

Palmerston North is an education hub with an outstanding array of schools from pre-primary right up through to secondary school and a base for Massey University, which is an internationally respected science and research innovation institute. UCOL, International Pacific College and Te Wananga o Aotearoa tertiary education centres also make it easy to see why Palmerston North is known as the "Knowledge City". The high quality education adds to Palmy’s attraction for families and draws a large number of students to the city every year.

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The education industry is a driving force in the local economy as does the Military with Linton Army base and Ohakea Airforce base close by. The cities central location makes it a distribution hub for businesses like Foodstuffs and Ezibuy and local businesses Steelfort and Higgins are major employers and community members. Toyota has its NZ head office in Palmerston North. A stable employment market sees Palmerston North often near the top of affordability indexes in New Zealand.

Built with a grid road network the city is incredibly easy to navigate and even though the city boasts over 85,000 residents most destination are within 10 minutes by car. The city has a large number of parks and sporting facilities available to the public. The Hockey Turfs are international standard and have played host to the Blacks Sticks. FMG Stadium is where you can find the Turbo’s playing rugby and occasionally the Hurricanes and the Robertson Holden Speedway within the stadium hosts some of the premier events in the country. The Jets basketball team and Central Pulse play in Arena Two on Pascal Street and on top of that there are the multi sport playing fields of Ongley, Manawaroa Parks, and Fitzherbert Park is the city's premier cricket ground. Elsewhere in the city are parks for sports like rugby, such as Coronation Park, Bill Brown Park and Colquhoun Park (also used for softball/baseball); and football: Skoglund Park (home of the Central Football Federation) and Celaeno Park. Memorial Park has a football pitch, and also has family-friendly facilities.

One of the most accessible cities in New Zealand Palmerston North is proud of it many lifestyle options within commuting distance to Wellington, and closer to The Bay, Taranaki, Lake Taupo and the Mount Ruapehu. Situated beside the mighty Manawatu River the city is close to the coast with Foxton, Himitangi and Tangimoana beaches only ½ an hour away and surrounded by delightful boutique villages in every direction.


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