Palmerston is OK, its inoffensive, the food is OK but not exciting. Its a handy stopover on the way to Wellington or a reasonably priced conference venue, There's nothing much to do but its safe a clean.
A smaller town than most other NZ cities, Palmerston North still has the friendly side of NZ in it that some of the other bigger cities have lost.
You will still get a smile from locals there, and great service when shopping or eating out. Another great thing is that most businesses seemed locally owned, and as such a lot of the produce was locally made eas well. Not as many chain stores, or stacks of cafes other NZ cities.
1. People are friendly and you can get most information and help from i-SITE at The Square 2. It is near to many tourists' places, eg.
Fielding market and sheep & cattle auctions, Wellington, Rotorua, airport, etc. 3. Vibrant town with many shops, supermarkets and cafes/restaurants 4. Beautiful flowers and trees.
The best thing about Palmerston north is leaving it. I would not recommend it for a holiday _ a great town to drive straight through.
If my daughter did not live there I would never go here