Travel/Tourist Information

How to get to Palmerston North

Palmerston North can be reached by road, rail or air.

AIR: Most international visitors arrive via Auckland. Regularly scheduled flights from Auckland to PN take about 1 hour. You can also fly into the country at Wellington, Christchurch or Queenstown.

Check the airlines (Qantas, Air New Zealand) or your travel agent for timetable and bookings.

RAIL: The rail trip from Auckland to Palmerston North takes a full day, and is quite scenic if you have the time (Monday, Thursday and Saturday only). From Wellington the trip is just over 2 hours. Check KiwiRail Scenic or your travel agent for timetable and bookings.

ROAD: If travelling by car, Palmerston North is about 8 hours from Auckland, and 2 hours from Wellington. Rental cars are available from airports. The two main coach companies are InterCity and Naked Bus.

Tips for overseas travellers

Important! If you are not a resident of Australia or New Zealand, you may need to get a Visitor's Permit. Certain nationals need to have their passport endorsed with a Visitor's Visa before departure. This process may take up to one month. Delegates should visit the New Zealand Immigration Service pages for more information.

The New Zealand currency is cents (c) and dollars ($), with 100 cents equal to one dollar. Coins are in the denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, and $2. There are $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 notes available. One New Zealand dollar is worth approximately 72 US cents.

There are automatic teller machines in the airport and throughout most cities, should you wish to withdraw cash on your credit or debit cards.

Further information on New Zealand can be found at the following sites

Information about the Manawatu region, where Palmerston North is located, can be found at these sites