City Overview

The Manawatu Region is a local government district in the Manawatu-Wanganui Region in the North Island of New Zealand.

The district is based on the town of Feilding and includes most of the area between the Manawatu River in the south and the Rangitikei River in the north; stretching from slightly south of the settlement of Himatangi in the south, to just south of Mangaweka in the north; and from the Rangitikei River to the summits of the Ruahine Ranges in the east. The district does not include the area around Foxton, Foxton Beach or the mouth of the Manawatu River. It also excludes the area around the city of Palmerston North (including Ashhurst). The Region has an area of 2,624 km².The population of the district is 30,800 (June 2018).

Manawatu Gorge Scenic Reserve 

Manawatu Gorge Scenic Reserve, picture courtesy of Department of Conservation   

The iconic Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge is a must visit, and allows you to discover ancient native bush and a land steeped in legend. You can explore this mythical land by foot, bike, jet boat or horseback.

The urban city of Palmerston North is home to the New Zealand Rugby Museum, Te Manawa – Museum of Art, Science and History, and a prominent collection of art galleries. Sit back and enjoy the internationally recognised theatre scene that provides entertainment for all genres -  all of which go hand in hand with the colourful array of cafes and dining options. If you’re a garden lover there are some fabulous public and private gardens to see, including one of the top rose gardens in the world. And a little way down the road around Horowhenua you’ll find such quirky attractions as an owl park, a farm devoted to Clydesdales and a fully operational Dutch windmill.

NZ Rugby Museum 

New Zealand Rugby Museum, picture courtesy of Palmerston North City & Manawatu 


Fun Facts and Trivia about Manawatu

  • Palmerston North is home to Massey University.
  • Manawatu is home to some of the best water rafting around. Head to Rangitikei River, one of the countries largest water ways.
  • Lovers of hiking and the outdoors should head to the Ruahine Forest Park, home to a network of accommodation huts and tramping tracks.
  • In 1930, the population reached the 20,000 threshold and Palmerston North was officially proclaimed a city, the 7th in New Zealand.

White Water Rafting NZ

Grade 5 White Water Rafting on the Rangitikei River, picture courtesy of Traveldrift.

Weather in Manawatu

During the months of January and February you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures. On average, the warmest month is January and the coolest month is August. June is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you don't like too much rain. February is the driest month.



Palmerston North city and Manawatu is a fantastic place to live and work, offering a combination of rural and urban living, with a diverse community.

In Palmerston North, more than 130 different languages are spoken here, and our cultural diversity is celebrated through events like Festival of Cultures and Ethkick, a football competition featuring teams from around the world. Centrally located in the Lower North Island, Manawatu has a variety of key industry sectors offering employment.



Manawatu contains numerous small rural primary schools, some small town primary and secondary schools, and city schools in the Wanganui and Palmerston North areas.

Secondary Schools in Manawatu

Primary Schools in Manawatu

Massey University

Community Service

New Zealand Immigration

Palmerston North Community Services

Housing Advice Centre


City Resources

Manawatu District Council


Manawatu Chamber of Commerce

Getting Around

Horizons Regional Council Bus Timetables

Palmerston North City Council - Getting around Palmerston North

City Sightseeing

Palmerston North City

New Zealand Tourism Guide

The Whatonga Sculpture 

The Whatonga Sculpture Manawatu, picture courtesy of 100% Pure New Zealand



Trade Me

Auckland News

Manawatu Standard

NZ Herald

The Square

Q: I am looking to store my Personal belongings in Palmerston North Manawatu?

A: Looking to declutter your life? Storage spaces available in a range of sizes from one cubic metre to a full garage size and bigger, we have the space to suit your needs. Stay as short or as long as you like and only pay for the time you stay, we refund all unused rent, no hidden fees or charges just one simple rent amount each month. 


Q: I am looking for a storage centre that I can run my business from?

A: You can use self storage to compliment your business, power and lighting is or can be made available. Access to free wi-fi, conference room and kitchenette facilities. Unlike a warehouse, there are no legals, no bond and no lock in period making your business storage flexible. Downsize or upsize or move out of your space when you want without penalty. Perfect for start-ups, small businesses or large businesses who like to be nimble and cost efficient.

Q: I need to store my Boat, do you have space to suit? I live in Palmerston North.

A: Yes, our Palmerston North, Manawatu storage location offers open space storage for any types of vehicles, secured with pin code access 24/7.


Q: I'm a student and need locker storage during the break?

A: Every Kennards Self Storage facility, including Palmerston North location has one cubic metre storage lockers for rent. Perfect for students, someone who moves around a lot or travels for work. Store your personal possessions in one place when lodging in shared accommodation or can't sit still. Lockers generally rent for $1 a day.


Q: I'm a business looking to move and expand, do you have warehouse space?

A: Yes, many Kennards Storage locations have what we call Enterprise Spaces for SME's. Mini Warehouses ranging in size from 30 metres square upwards. You'll enjoy the flexibility and freedom of standard storage arrangements. No bond, no legals, no outgoings and no lock in period, total freedom with your storage requirements.


Q: What size storage space do I Need?

A: Size does matter! You don't want to be paying for more space than you really need. You can speak to one of our trained storage professionals. They can help determine the right storage space for you by asking questions about your storage needs. Or you can use our Space Estimator to help you choose the size of your storage space. And if on the day it's not right we can change it!


Q: How much does storage cost in Palmerston North?

A: Storage rent is generally paid monthly in advance, storage costs may vary depending on the size and location of the storage space. It's important to choose the right size space for your storage needs so you are not paying for extra space you don't need. Some storage companies may charge additional fees for administration and cleaning in addition to storage rent. At Kennards there are no hidden fees or charges, just one monthly rental amount. We like to call this our "Fair Go Pricing".

You can often save on your storage costs by paying in advance. At Kennards Self Storage we offer discounts of 5% for payments made 6 or 12 months in advance. 

You can obtain a Quote, Reserve a storage space or even rent a space quickly and easily online, obligation free without penalty. You don't like the space we change it or your money back. That's our Fair Go pledge.  


Q: I need to pack up my house and move can you help?

A: Yes we have a full range of boxes and packing supplies available online or in our store retail shop.