Located in and the main city of the Manawatu-Wanganui region of the North Island of New Zealand, is Palmerston North, also called Palmerston by the locals. The city is located inland and even though it is surrounded by the Ruahine and Tararua range, Palmerston...more
Located in and the main city of the Manawatu-Wanganui region of the North Island of New Zealand, is Palmerston North, also called Palmerston by the locals. The city is located inland and even though it is surrounded by the Ruahine and Tararua range, Palmerston North sports a fairly flat terrain. Palmerston North is an incredibly beautiful place, and those visiting are presented with a plethora of outdoor activities including; trekking, V8 racing, jet boating, rock climbing, white-water rafting, horse riding, four-wheel driving and even bungee jumping. Palmerston North is truly the ideal place to take advantage of the natural surroundings and bond with nature. The Manawatu-Wanganui region has a tiny Muslim community and therefore it will be relatively hard for Muslim visitors to find Halal restaurants and mosques in Palmerston North.
The city has a variety of attractions and activities, including; museums, parks and gardens, wetlands, galleries, sporting events, and of course its stunning natural setting itself proves to be an attraction on its own. One must-visit attraction when in Palmerston North is the Dugald Mackenzie Rose Garden, attached to the Esplanade Gardens. This world renowned garden is home to over 5000 roses in named beds, and also houses the New Zealand Rose Society International Rose Trial Grounds. It is visited daily by locals and visitors from all over the world.
During the summer months, Himatangi Beach is a popular destination among locals. It is the perfect place to set up tents and campervans and to have some family-friendly fun. The beach is located only 35 kilometres from Palmerston North and is the ideal place for tourists looking to relax and have some down time as well as for those looking to surf, swim and fish.
A 30 minute drive south from Palmerston North is Owlcatraz, a native bird & wildlife park. This park allows visitors to spot and learn about the native New Zealand owl in a purpose built natural setting that has no glass or cages. Those visiting the park will also get the opportunity to explore the peaceful native bush and might come across rabbits, guinea pigs, as well as other small birds and animals. There is also a farm with a variety of animals on the premises as well as an attraction that is unique to Owlcatraz, man-made caves called Wairuru Caves, which can be explored with guides.
For those looking to get in a bit of shopping while on vacation, Palmerston North is the ideal place. The Plaza is home to over a 100 shops that sell a wide variety of items. Located alongside The Square, is another popular spot called Broadway Avenue, which offers a diverse range of stores and is an iconic shopping street.
Located approximately 5 kilometres from the center of Palmerston North, is the Palmerston North International Airport. It is located in the suburb of Milson in the outskirts of Palmerston North. This airport, although said to be an international one, has not received any international flights since 2007. It is therefore one that only has domestic flights. The other nearest airport is the Wellington International Airport which is located approximately 150 kilometres away.
There are no known Halal restaurants in Palmerston North. However, Palmy Food City & Halal Butchery is said to have fresh Halal meat as well as halal dairy & takeaways. Muslims can shop at Moshim’s Dairy and Indian Grocery Store if ever in need of fresh vegetables or dry & tinned food from places like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Fiji. Muslim tourists can also dine on fresh, organic vegetable dishes served at local vegetarian restaurants.
Although there are no mosques in Palmerston North, there are two Islamic Centres. The first is the Massey University Islamic Center, which is located at Massey University and the second is the Palmerston North Islamic Centre. Muslim travelers are advised to pray in their hotel rooms, if possible before they set out on their daily excursions.