Take a roadtrip, fly into Palmerston North, or arrive by rail. Either way, it's a short trip to the Manawatu region from Wellington.

By Road

Manawatu is accessible with well-maintained roads even in the countryside.

Approx drive time and distances to other cities: 




Approx Drive Time

Palmerston North to Taihape



1 hour 35 mins

Palmerston North to Wellington



2 hours 5 mins


Your clients can get around the North Island by coach with InterCity Coachlines or a number of other suppliers

Driving Routes
Clients can access Palmerston North using State Highway1 from Wellington.

Travelling from Auckland to Wellington, an alternative route takes travellers through Taumaranui, National Park and Ohakune before connecting with SH1 at Waioru.

By Air

Palmerston North airport is the main airport, offering domestic services.

Domestic airlines include:
Air New Zealand

Approx flying time to other cities: 


Approx Flying Time

Palmerston North to Wellington

30 mins

Palmerston North to Auckland

1 hour 10 mins

Palmerston North to Christchurch 1 hour 20 mins

Getting to and from the airport
Palmerston North airport is a 10 minute drive from the town centre. 

There are various transport options available to the town centre including taxis (approx $15), and shuttle services.

By Rail

The Northern Explorer, which runs between Auckland and Wellington, also stops off in the Manawatu, including Palmerston North and Ohakune.

Getting Around Manawatu

Getting around the town centres is easy by foot, however to get between them, clients will need to drive or catch a local bus. Cycling provides another popular option.