Palmerston North was first settled the 1860s, and at the time was just a small clearing set amongst vast forests. Little more than a village relying on the timber industry, the population did not substantially grow until about 20 years later when a railway link was established. Palmerston North has gradually grown into a well-designed city with a large focus on education, sport, culture, and the arts. Auto Europe offers several car hire pick up locations in Palmerston North, New Zealand, and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in New Zealand is both easy and economical.
Due to its central location, Palmerston North is a popular place for visitors to stay. While being small in size and avoiding the stresses of big city life, Palmerston North has everything needed for modern living and most attractions in the area can be reached in less than 2 hours with your hire car. Wellington is a comfortable drive to the south of the city, and New Zealand's famous Central Plateau Ski Fields are a similar distance to the north.
While in Palmerston North, be sure to check out the Te Manawa Museum, which houses many displays on science and culture. The New Zealand Rugby Museum is also found in Palmerston North, a must for any sports enthusiast. The city has several universities, and as a result is even quieter during holidays when many students return to their hometowns and cities. If theatre interests you, check out the many plays which are on at Centrepoint Theatre, and Regent on Broadway.
To enjoy the peaceful grassy side of the city, park your rental car near the Victoria Esplanade and explore the beautiful parks and gardens. The Manawatu River runs through the park, and there is playgrounds, picnic areas, and free barbecues. To experience the forests of the area, head to the nearby Manawatu Gorge. Drive your rental car through the gorge along the scenic winding roads which follow the river.
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