How to get to Palmerston North
Palmerston North can be reached by road, rail or air.
AIR: There are some direct international flights from Australia to
Palmerston North (on Freedom Air),
although most international visitors arrive via Auckland. Regularly scheduled flights from Auckland to PN take about 1 hour. You can also fly into the country at Wellington or
Check the airlines (Qantas,
Air New Zealand) or your travel agent
for timetable and bookings.
RAIL: The rail trip from Auckland to Palmerston North takes a full day, and is quite scenic
if you have the time. From Wellington the trip is just over 2 hours. Check Tranz Scenic or your travel
agent for timetable and bookings.
ROAD: If travelling by car, Palmerston North is about 8 hours from Auckland, and 2 hours from Wellington. Rental cars are available from airports. The two main
coach companies are InterCity and
Tips for overseas travellers
Important! If you are not a resident of Australia or New Zealand, you may need to get a Visitor's Permit.
Certain nationals need to have their passport endorsed with a Visitor's Visa before departure. This process may take up to one month. Delegates should visit
the New Zealand Immigration Service pages for more information.
The New Zealand currency is cents (c) and dollars ($), with 100 cents equal to one dollar. Coins are in the denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, and $2. There are $5, $10, $20, $50, and
$100 notes available. One New Zealand dollar is worth approximately 70 US cents.
There are automatic teller machines in the airport and throughout most cities, should you wish to withdraw cash on
your credit or debit cards.