Local Attractions - Palmerston North NZ

Esplanade Minature Railway

Esplanade Miniature Railway

Hop aboard a miniature train and enjoy a ride through Palmerston Norths beautiful Victoria Esplanade.

The Esplanade Scenic Railway was established in 1969 and travels through native bush and secluded areas of the Esplanade.

The new extension loop takes the railway all the way to the children's playground and back again.
The track is 2.2km long and the ride is approximately 20 minutes duration.

Hours of Operation
1 - 4pm Saturday and Sunday, school and public holidays. Extended hours in January.

A fare of $2.00 gives a passenger a full circuit back to their starting station, but they may break the journey at the other station before returning if they wish.

Lido Aquatic Centre

Lido Aquatic Centre

The Lido Aqautic Centre offers a range of aquatic activities and amenties. Swimming is available indoors year-round, with outdoor facilities available during the summer months.

Outdoor facilities
Family Leisure Pool, 50 Metre Pool, Diving Pool.
Indoor facilities
Indoor Leisure Pool, Spa Pool, Toddlers Pool, 25m Heated Pool, Learn to Swim Pool, Steam and Sauna Rooms, Gymnasium, Sunbed facilities, Cafe.

Park Avenue, Palmerston North.

Suggested itineraries for your visit to Palmerston North


Take your time when exploring Palmerston North to enjoy the scenery and many highlights along the way.

For longer adventures, try one of our many great accommodation options.

Explore the heart of the city from the beautiful inner city park, The Square. Here you will discover historic buildings, bars, cafes, restaurants, all kinds of shops, the citys library, museums, art galleries and i-SITE Palmerston North Visitor Centre.

The Plaza


With over 100 stores all under cover, The Plaza is open 7 days and offers something for everyone. It’s only 3 minutes walk away.

City Library


I-SITE Palmerston North Visitor Centre

Nature lovers and families will enjoy the many parks and scenic walks. Victoria Esplanade Gardens on Fitzherbert Avenue is a ‘must see’. The 19 hectares of gardens feature spectacular plant displays, an international rose trial garden, aviaries, a nature trail, a fernery, conservatory, walkways, mini railway, a children’s playground, paddling pool, an education centre, a cafe and free electric barbecues.

The Turitea campus of Massey University in Palmerston North is also worth a visit to see the stunning gardens and to take a stroll on one of the many walk ways.

Massey University

Even in wet weather there are plenty of things to see and do. Ideas include Te Manawa – science centre, museum and art gallery; The New Zealand Rugby Museum, Daytona Indoor Raceway, Leisureplex, The Lido Aquatic Centre, Bowlarama, and City Rock Indoor Climbing Gym to name a few.

Te Manawa

The New Zealand Rugby Museum 



The Lido Aquatic Centre

The Regent on Broadway

Regent Theatre

When the Regent Theatre opened on 4 July 1930 it was described as “The Theatre Beautiful”, and that it was creating “an entirely new standard of entertainment.”

With the re-opening as the Regent on Broadway in 1 May1998 that description could still stand.

The 1600 seat theatre was hailed as one of the country’s top six movie theatres in the early 1960’s. It was one of the largest built in New Zealand and became a landmark in the city as well as attracting national attention.

Today, as a 1393 seat venue, the Regent on Broadway can still claim to be one of New Zealands finest performing arts facilities, indeed one of the top four in the country.

You can contact The Regent on Broadway via the details below.



120-122 Fitzherbert Avenue
Palmerston North

New Zealand

0508 356 538 or 06 356 5388


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