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Coming Events of Palmerston North

Festival of Cultures - World Food, Craft and Music Fair 2018

Festival of Cultures - World Food, Craft and Music Fair 2018

Where:The SquareThe Square, Palmerston North

Restrictions:All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Feel the buzz and energy of our community celebrating its cultural diversity. Saturday is the busiest day of the festival with family entertainment, amazing food and constant festivity.

The day is full of local entertainment and over 80 cultural food and craft stalls situated around the Events Quadrant. There will also be activities for families to experience and learn something new about different cultures.

Mark this weekend in your diary - you don't want to miss this one!

Program Details will be updated in early 2018. If you wish to performer or want to have a stall at the event please visit the website for full details.


The Mangaweka Express

The Mangaweka Express

Where:Palmerston North Railway StationMatthew Ave, Palmerston North

Restrictions:All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult Return ex Palm Nth or Feilding: $109.00
  • Child Return ex Palm Nth or Feilding: $59.00
  • Buy Tickets – 0800 783 264
  • Additional fees may apply


Travel with Steam Incorporated north from Kapiti via Palmerston North up the NIMT to the Gumboot Capital of Taihape in the heart of Rangitikei. Have a pre-Easter escape by enjoying a full day of nostalgic rail travel and time to explore Taihape.

The journey includes crossing many impressive viaducts in the Mangaweka area including the South Rangitikei (300metre long & 80 metres high) and the Makohine viaducts.

The train will be hauled by coal-fired steam locomotive. Either Ja1271. We will be using our classic heritage carriages.

During the journey, we plan to make two stops to enable you to photograph the train in action. There will also be time for a leg stretch at Palmerston North in both directions and at Marton northbound, while the locomotive is serviced. At Taihape, there will be the option of watching the locomotive being turned on the turntable in preparation for the return journey.

Most of our seats are double seats that can be “flipped” over to face the direction of travel. We have one carriage that is fitted with tables that seat 4 each. If you have a group of 4 (or multiples of) we will assign you to this carriage. Subject to availability. 

At Taihape, the town centre is just a short walk from the railway station. There are several cafes plus a selection of fast food outlets. There is an information centre based in the town hall and the nearby local museum will be open.

If you want to stretch your legs there is a couple of short walks available. One is Mt Stewart reserve which has a viewing platform at the top giving lovely views. This walk takes approx. only 20 minutes to the top.

Early booking advised. You can book online via our website or Facebook page, by mail using the attached form or phone - 0800 783 264.

Tickets or seating info (for online bookings) will be issued in early March. 
Fares and times displayed are from Palmerston North.


PartsWorld New Zealand Sprintcar Grand Prix Championship


PartsWorld New Zealand Sprintcar Grand Prix Championship

Where:Central Energy Trust Arena61 Pascal St, Palmerston North

Restrictions:All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult (16 years and over): $25.00
  • Children (8-15 years): $10.00
  • Family (2A + 4C): $60.00
  • Under 7 years: $0.00
  • Door Sales Only


800 horsepower winged monsters thunder around the Arena at over 160kph. An impressive lineup of the best sprintcar drivers, all keen to win this major championship on the speedway calendar.

It's also the final of the MiniSprint Oval Star Tour plus Stockcars, Superstocks and Sidecars.


Giant Egg Hunt


Giant Egg Hunt

Where:Railway LandPitt Street, Palmerston North

Restrictions:All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Child Admission: $10.00
  • Adult Admission: $12.00
  • Family Admission 2 adults + 3 Children: $45.00
  • Buy Tickets
  • Additional fees may apply

Phone Sales:


Hop along to a fun packed Easter activity!

Hosted by Nightmare Containment and The Amazing Maze.

Join in the fun and ‘eggcitement’ of the giant Easter egg hunt with 1000’s of eggs hidden every day. Come and help find all those eggs from that cheeky bunny and his friends.

Our Easter bunny and friends have been busy building a giant Easter themed garden that will arrive at The Railway Land on Good Friday. A guided path will lead you through a series of mini mazes which have been designed with an Easter theme. Along the way, you will meet many characters, including the Easter bunny.


Nightmares Horror Easter Maze


Nightmares Horror Easter Maze

Where:Railway LandPitt Street, Palmerston North

Restrictions:All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Horror Maze: $20.00
  • Buy Tickets
  • Additional fees may apply

Phone Sales:


Happy Freaking Easter!

An Easter Hunt with a twist. Expect the unexpected and prepare for the horror of our Easter characters terrifying you from all sides.

Door sales will also be available.

Adult supervision is required for those under 16 years of age.

Families with younger children who wish to visit Containment are welcome to arrive early at 7 pm.

We do not recommend this attraction for those under 10 years of age.



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Aspree Motor Inn
700 Main St, Palmerston North, New Zealand
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