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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“ Located in the city centre our regional cultural centre is a fusion of art, heritage and science. It is well worth spending an hour or so there. There is an old school house and a settlers cottage to explore.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Food court with all your shopping needs in palmy... oh Kmart is open till midnight in the plaza”
  • 10 locals recommend
History Museum
“326 Main Street, Palmerston North: OPEN 7 days 10am – 5pm Rugby Museum in New Zealand that safeguards the preservation, protection and display of the history and heritage of New Zealand rugby.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Movie theatre with a twist. You can order food and drinks at the cafe/bar and take this into the cinema with you. In the cinema you are seated in couch style chairs and the comfort is above and beyond any cinema I have been to before.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Transportation
“Find out everything about the region and this is the main bus depot in the city”
  • 11 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“A multiplex with more blockbusters and larger screens that Feilding's cinema.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Route
“Nice big park with a train for kids, rose garden and a beautiful river walk along the Manawatu river”
  • 6 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“A range of walks available from short loop track to full day there and back. The iconic Manawatu Gorge is now closed to traffic so this is a way to get a look at it. Also get up close to the wind farm.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Escape quickly into the native bush, and if you hike far enough (maybe 30min uphill) you'll be rewarded with the first lookout of the gorge. The trail is 10km one way, and there is a short loop trail also available.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“44 Margaret St, Shannon Open Saturday & Sundays (check their web site for more info)”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“The Victoria Esplanade with 26 hectares of bush walks, bike tracks and formal gardens. It’s got something for everyone in the family – beautiful roses, barbecues, croquet lawn, the Junior Road Safety Park, miniature railway, playground and paddling pool.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Pool
“The Award winning Lido Aquatic Centre and Water Park is a quality recreational facility in Palmerston North. Used by over 300,000 people per year this facility is top notch. They offer a wide range of services all of which include: SwimMagic Swimming Lessons Chill Out Before and After School Care CLM Health and Fitness Fitness Classes Aqua Aerobics Classes Dedicated Swim Shop Water Safety Classes for Schools Birthday Parties (with a dedicated area) Sports Groups Wave Rave (Kids Disco Every Friday Night) The facilities they have available include: Indoor Leisure Pool Indoor 25m Pool Sauna Spa Steam Room Two Indoor Hydroslides Two New Outdoor Slides (SupeBowl and Speedslide) Outdoor New AquaPlay area (click for safety sign) Outdoor 50m Pool Outdoor Dive Well Outdoor Leisure Pool Dedicated Learn to Swim Pool”
  • 9 locals recommend
Route
“The Square is the Centre of the city with nice gardens, a pond with ducks and a large grass area to walk around.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cafe
“The best range of cafe counter food and wide range of meal options from a menu to choose from.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Micro brewery, bar and eatery with a huge range of beer and a buzzing atmosphere. ”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cafe
“The best range of cafe counter food and wide range of meal options from a menu to choose from.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Micro brewery, bar and eatery with a huge range of beer and a buzzing atmosphere. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“The sell amazing vietnamese food, very fresh and made from scratch. Really reasonable prices. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a lovely restaurant for your celebrations. The food is delicious and well presented. The atmosphere is lovely and the staff are top shelf.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Bar & Restaurant with the best Tapas in town. If you want to go for dinner, try to book first, or be happy eating at a bar table - they get very busy.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Brewery
“Awesome atmosphere, great food, high energy environment, great sports bar, large TV screens for sports fans.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Order an Indian Take Away via an app on your smart phone/telephone or go into their restaurant to eat. Excellent food, big portions, nan bread is delicious as well as the tandori chicken.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 3 locals recommend

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