A Student's Guide to Manawatu-Wanganui

Aug 20, 2019
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Hey, I’m Charlotte and I’m a Veterinary Technology student at Massey University here in Palmerston North.

I’m very passionate about my city and the greater Manawatu, so I can’t wait to tell you about some of the awesome things to do and to see around the region! I love living in this beautiful green city and I hope you will too! 


Palmerston North is a city buzzing with life and has a bunch of awesome events on during the year. Starting off the year with a bang, Palmy has an awesome New Year’s Eve party where they play music and have fireworks - it’s defiantly not to be missed!

Marching on from this, we host the World Famous in New Zealand Hilux NZ Rural Games. This is two days of experiencing the best of the NZ rural community - we have stalls and competitions, which is a great way to spend a weekend!

Next up is the festival of cultures, which is an explosion of colours and tastes from all around the globe, live performances and lots of yummy food - you’ll always catch me there each year! There is also constant theatre performances on as the city boasts a great theatrical scene all year round. 

Palmy Council has just supported a new program called Palmy Unleashed so we are expecting way more events and shows to be gracing our streets in the coming years so always keep an eye out!