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.

7 things you should eat in Palmerston North

Pastries at Babco.
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Palmerston North has more than their fair share of delicious, local ingredients to work with.

Charcoal Maker and Master

Naga Tsutsumi sitting on a chair.
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Naga Tsutsumi is one of Palmerston North’s most cherished artists. His large scale charcoal drawings are considered and full of movement and detail to explore.

Dine Around the World At Palmerston North’s Best Eateries

Interior view of Libre, Palmerston North.
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No passport needed, just a big appetite.

Dine your way around Palmerston North

A chef making pizza.
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When it comes to New Zealand’s foodie destinations, Wellington is almost always top of mind. But just above Wellington, you’ll find Palmerston North situated in the heartland where many of our most prized ingredients originate.


A family walking across the street in Feilding.
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.

Forget the Chocolate Eggs, Let’s Hunt For The Best Hot Cross Buns

A big tray of hot cross buns from Volare, Hamilton.

It’s that time of year; hot cross bun season and we’re all about it.

Innovation and exploration in Palmy and beyond

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

Jemma & Alex - The Last Church of Āpiti

Gemma standing in the doorway at Apiti Church.
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Kiwis Jemma Brackebush and Alexander Robertson of Palmerston North are a busy pair. They have created one of Palmerston North’s quirkiest, quaintest and most lovable accommodation options: The Last Church in Āpiti.

Palmerston North's Secret Handshake

Simon and Catherine from Pork Chop Hill
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Te Motu o Poutoa/ANZAC Park, affectionately known as “Pork Chop Hill”, is a lookout point, observatory, and car park perched on a bluff above the Manawatū River. Like many Palmerston North locals, creatives Catherine Russ and Simon Francis hung out there as teens. In 2014 they helped establish an independent clothing label PORK CHOP HILL. The iconic t-shirts can be seen all over the city.