Palmerston North One of New Zealand's largest provincial cities, Palmerston North has an attractive historic heart. Many of the original stores (built in the 1920s and 1930s) have been restored and now function as boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Rose gardens and museums should also be on your agenda, particularly the Dugald McKenzie rose breeding centre and the Te Manawa gallery and museum complex.
Palmerston North is a sizeable city kept lively by a large population of university students. Enjoy the museums, restaurants and rose gardens.