Palmerston North Car Hire

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Set at the foot of the Tararua Mountain Range, Palmerston North is a vibrant, youthful city with an active student population. Due to its central location, Palmerston North is a popular place for visitors to stay as it is void of big city life stresses but contains modern city convenience. Most attractions in the area can be reached in less than 2 hours with your hire car. DriveAway offers car hire collection with reputable suppliers at Palmerston North Airport, located approximately 10 minutes drive from downtown. Once you collect your prepaid vehicle, you are then free to discover New Zealand as you desire.

DriveAway is here to help! We are committed to providing you with as much information as you require before you head off on your self-drive adventure in New Zealand. If you have any further questions about driving in Palmerston North or New Zealand, contact our reservations department, send us an email, or check out our Driving Tips page.

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Palmerston North was first settled the 1860s, when it was simply a small Maori clearing set amongst vast forests, with no more than a small village relying on the timber industry to survive. Twenty years later a railway link was created, and the population substantially grew. Since then, Palmerston North has gradually grown into a well-designed city with a large focus on education, culture, sport and the arts. While in Palmerston North, be sure to check out the Te Manawa Museum, which houses many displays on science and culture. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy checking out The New Zealand Rugby Museum, home to over 40000 pieces of New Zealand rugby memorabilia. And if theatre and arts interest you, be sure to check out the many plays which are on at Centrepoint Theatre, and Regent on Broadway.

Your car hire is the perfect way to travel and enjoy the surrounding natural attractions of the city. The Manawatu River runs through the heart of the city and is where will you find the Victoria Esplanade, surrounded by beautiful parks and gardens. There are also playgrounds, picnic areas, and free barbeques to enjoy. For a thrilling experience, drive your rental car along the scenic winding roads of Manawatu Gorge, approximately 30 minutes drive from the city centre. For amazingly beautiful landscaped gardens popping with bursts of colour, head approximately 1 hour north of Palmerston North to the Songbird Gardens. It is an all-season garden which covers three hectares and offers a multitude of different activities including nature walks and sight-seeing opportunities.

To make a booking with DriveAway in Palmerston North, simply enter your travel dates in the easy to use booking engine above, or contact our friendly reservations staff on 1300 363 500.

Cities (To and From) Distance (Approx. km) Travel Time (Approx. hr)
Palmerston North to Wellington 141 2
Palmerston North to Napier 180 2.5
Palmerston North to New Plymouth 235 3
Palmerston North to Rotorua 395 4
Palmerston North to Auckland 525 6.25

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