Palmerston North; From Sunrise To Sunset

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Palmerston North is one of our regular stops we make during our travels. It has become our home base as it’s near to our family and friends. To view our earlier blog on Palmerston North click here. Each time we visit it’s time to explore more of Palmerston North or revisit our favourite places.

Palmerston North; From Sunrise To Sunset
Palmerston North; From Sunrise To Sunset

Victoria Esplanade Gardens

The Victoria Esplanade Gardens are worth visiting any time of the year. Our Victoria Esplanade Gardens blog can be found here. Our visit this time coincided with the Dugald MacKenzie Rose Garden blooming. There are so many rose varieties that include newest of varieties as well as roses under trial.

Dugald Mackenzie Rose Garden
Dugald Mackenzie Rose Garden

Manawatu River Pathway

Running from Maxwell’s Line to Napier Road, the pathway is almost 10kms in length. Mostly on the flat, it’s an easy long walk. The pathway is popular by bikers and dog walkers also. This is my favourite walking spot. With nine access points, I change choose different entry and exit points each day.

Manawatu River Pathway
Manawatu River Pathway

Palmerston North Memorial Park

Originally a gravel pit, it was bought by Palmerston North City Council in 1938 and transformed into a sports and recreational area. It is a memorial for workers who were injured or became ill while working.

The park area consists of a pond (with noisy frogs), picnic area and great playground. No wonder it’s busy during the weekend – the perfect place for an outing.

Palmerston North Memorial Park
Palmerston North Memorial Park

Anzac Park

Located at the top of a hill, Anzac Park does have some great views over Palmerston North. There is a small walking that’s only about 10 mintues long. The main reason for going to Anzac Park is the Stairway of Tane.

Anzac Park
Anzac Park

The Stairway Of Tane

With only 222 steps down the Manawatu River, it’s a great walk. It’s an even better workout when you climb back up the 222 steps. The signs at both ends of the walkway explain the Maori history of Tane Mahuta.

 Stairway of Tane
Stairway of Tane

Te Apiti – Manawatu Gorge Track

For the energetic the full gorge track from Ashhurst to Woodville is 11.2kms. However, I wasn’t that energetic. I walked the Tawa Loop Track that is only 4.1kms. This was enough for me. There are some great views – next time I take a picnic.

Te Apiti – Manawatū Gorge Track, Palmerston North
Te Apiti – Manawatū Gorge Track

I woke early one day so I headed off towards the river and caught this wonderful sunrise.

Sunrise - Palmerston North
Sunrise – Palmerston North

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