12 Hours Palmerston North


People sitting at high tops in a brick brewery building.

Toss any preconceptions you might have, there is A LOT to do in Palmerston North. If you like food, drink, art, shopping, and friendly people, you’ve come to the right place. While you won’t be able to fit all the great places into just one day, this guide will lead you to some of the very best bits. Each spot offers something different, but they all have one thing in common - the owners, proprietors, chefs, artists, curators, shopkeepers, and staff take pride in their work and are excellent ambassadors for Palmerston North.


Innovation and exploration in Palmy and beyond

Mahalee and Benoit with their family on the streets of Palmerston North.

Mahalee and Benoit Guieysse

Like many people you’ll meet in Palmerston North, Mahalee and Benoit Guieysse aren’t originally from the region, but they’re some of its most genuine ambassadors.



Voted New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Town not once but fourteen times, downtown Feilding is full of quaint architecture and colourful flower beds. Surrounded by fertile farmland on all sides, Feilding is home to some of the friendliest locals and freshest food we’ve found around New Zealand. Head there any day of the week to explore all it has to offer.

If you can, plan to visit on a Friday. Feilding’s Farmers Market pops up every Friday in the heart of town just beneath the clock tower. With live music and lots of yummy food to try it’s a fun event for the whole family, and an excellent showcase of the region’s producers and artisans. Just down the road you’ll find the stockyard which was once one of the largest in the southern hemisphere. Take a tour to learn about Feilding’s agriculture history that dates back to the 1800s and then head along to any one of the local restaurants that serve up the region’s award-winning beef and lamb alongside vibrant produce and other flavours of the Manawatū.