Bus and Coach
Services From Palmerston North
New Zealand's North Island with its unique 7 unique geographical regions
and diverse natural beauty, from soaring mountain peaks, fiords, lakes,
rivers, native rugged bush, the majestic volcanoes of the North Island's
central plateau to the central North Island skifields of
Turoa by bus and coach from
North (Māori: Te Papa-i-oea)
(Pop: 82,400) is the main city of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. It
is an inland city being the 11th-largest city in New Zealand, and
the centre of the seventh-largest urban area.
Due to its central location in the sprawling Manawatu region,
Palmerston North the focal point for a number of major routes; south
to Palmerston North, north to Taupo and Auckland, southeast to Napier and
northwest to New Plymouth.
A large proportion of its population consists of students attending
Massey University, Universal College of Learning (UCOL) or
International Pacific College during the student year. Over half of
the city's population is under the age of 25 and the city has been
marketed as 'Student City'.
A pleasant tree-lined city, the crossroads of the Manawatu, with
many education and research institutions in the area, in particular
city's main streets are arranged in a grid around The Square,
a seven-hectare park of lawn, trees, lakes, fountains, and gardens
in the centre of the city. This park contains the city's war
memorial, a memorial to Te Peeti Te Awe Awe, the Rangitāne chief who
was instrumental in the sale of Palmerston North district to the
government in 1865.
The International Pacific College, a private tertiary institution
set up by a Japanese foundation, lies on the outskirts. Bledisloe
Park and Pohangina Domain (32km) have native bush walks, swimming
and picnicking. In The Square can be found the Info Centre, the
Hopwood Clock Tower, gardens and fountains. The Manawatu Art
Gallery, the Science Centre and Manawatu Museum are located on Main
History is found on Heritage Trails and in several specialist
museums. Activities include trout fishing and jet boating on the
river, horse trekking, or camping and tramping in the Ruahine and
Tararua Ranges. The International Rose Trial Grounds are at The
Esplanade Gardens, which also has picnic sites.
Palmerston North is in modern buses and coaches with
InterCity Coachlines operating a fleet
of eco-friendly air conditioned buses with reclining seats and heat
Newmans Coachlines operate premier
services using a fleet of modern eco-friendly air conditioned coaches
with reclining seats and head rests and onboard toilet/washroom
InterCity Coachlines operates the
Starlighter overnight bus service between Palmerston North,
Wellington, Taupo, Rotorua, Hamilton and Auckland, connecting with the
Cook Strait ferry services
from Palmerston North to
between the North and South Islands. The Starlighter service features
reclining seats with foot and head rests, individual reading lights and air
conditioning controls, onboard toilet/washroom facility and makes two
refreshment/comfort stops on route.
If you want to explore and see New Zealand's unique scenic beauty
from Palmerston North,
there are a range of flexible 'Book As You Go'
bus, scenic coach, ferry travel and
value for money travel.
Your 'Book As You Go' flexible bus, scenic coach and ferry pass, allows
you to travel through out New Zealand on New Zealand's largest regional and
national bus, coach, scenic coach, ferry and sightseeing network, that
includes Cook Strait ferry sailings between the North and South Islands,
sightseeing tours - like dolphin watching cruises in the Bay of Islands and
lots more. Travel is discounted, so you will be saving money, as you travel
plus it gives you total freedom to alter your plans whenever you want.
Set your own itinerary and travel when you want, as your 'Book As
You Go' flexible bus, scenic coach and ferry pass is valid for 12 months so you can
stay a while and leave when you please.