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 Why Conference Here


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Welcome to New Zealand’s most beautiful natural playground

Our thriving urban centre is in the heart of the Manawatū, and together we have an established business ecosystem that is well connected and home to some of the brightest minds in Aotearoa. You’ll find us in the centre of the lower North Island, and it’s easy to get here by road, air or rail.

Central Location

The unique geographic location of Palmy and the Manawatū provides a strategic advantage for conference organisers. The airport is only a short 10 minute drive to Palmy's city centre, with excellent flight connections from all major centres. Our catchment is wide and offers access to over one million people within a three-hours drive.

Variety of Venues

We offer a variety of options when it comes to conference and event venues. Those seeking a unique venue have the option of hosting their event at an iconic brewery, grand theatre, international motorsport track or a bespoke country club where you can step out of the meeting room and straight onto the green.

Compact City

Once you arrive here, there is very little need for transport as the area is very compact. All accommodation options in Palmy offer free car parking and are within close walking distance of most conference venues, restaurants, shopping, cafes and great walking tracks.


Our region offers a great return-on-investment for organisations running their conference here, with excellent value across a range of venues, accommodation and conference services. There is minimal or no need for transport while in the city, due to the close proximity of facilities. If there is a need for travel, the region has low taxi fares, resulting in great savings for both conference organisers and delegates.

Strong Industry Sectors

We’re leading the way with industry research, sustainability, nutrition, infrastructure and the future of food and have a proud history of nurturing entrepreneurs and innovators. The region is home to more than 70 educational and research institutions, Linton Military Camp, Ōhakea Air Base and the Sport & Rugby Institute. We are a hub for industry research and development labs, plus we have the highest number of PhDs per capita in New Zealand.

Eating and Drinking Options

You’ll be spoilt for choice with our diverse selection of dining options. From fine dining restaurants to casual eateries, bustling city cafes and award-winning coffee roasters, vegan and organic dining options and some of the best Vietnamese food outside of Saigon. Find out more about where to eat and drink in Palmerston North.

Great Shopping

Our city is a premiere shopping destination for the lower North Island. The Plaza, offers over 100 shops under one roof and houses all the major brands as well as quality niche stores. In the heart of the city’s arts and culture precinct, George Street also tempts with a range of upmarket boutiques and contemporary cafes.

Vibrant Calendar of Events

A busy events calendar of shows, music, arts, culture and community events keeps the region dynamic and engaging all year round.
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Being such a central location, with good access by road and air, Palmerston North was a great location for our conference. The compact nature of the city made for easy walking distances between our accommodation and the venues.
Hiromi Morris
Sister Cities New Zealand

sectors of strength

Palmerston North city and Manawatū is the home to some of the brightest minds in Aotearoa, world-class research and educational institutions and an established business ecosystem that is connected to the world.
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