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Manawatū's main centre, Palmerston North, houses the cultural home of New Zealand rugby, but adventure also awaits outside the city itself.
In Palmerston North, you can educate yourself on the nation's sporting obsession at the New Zealand Rugby Museum, or explore art, science and history at Te Manawa. For non-urban adventures, head to Taihape in the Rangitikei, surrounded by hills and gorges that are the setting for adventure activities such as rafting and horse riding with River Valley Lodge.
Palmerston North has a bustling drinking and dining scene. Aqaba is one of the highlights.
Palmerston North Airport has flights to Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton, Christchurch and Nelson. Palmerston North is 2 hours, 10 minutes from Wellington and 7 hours, 40 minutes from Auckland by road. It's also on the main line from Auckland to Wellington. Find out more at the Palmerston North i–SITE in The Square.