InterCity buses travel daily to Palmerston North from a variety of locations all around the North Island.

The main InterCity bus stop in Palmerston North is located next to the isite in The Square.

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Approximate bus to Palmerston North travel times

Bus Auckland to Palmerston North: 9 hours 45 minutes

Bus Manukau to Palmerston North: 9 hours 20 minutes

Bus Hamilton to Palmerston North: 6 hours

Bus Tauranga to Palmerston North: 7 hours

Bus Rotorua to Palmerston North: 5 hours 30 minutes

Bus New Plymouth to Palmerston North: 4 hours

Bus Napier to Palmerston North: 2 hours 45 minutes

Bus Hastings to Palmerston North: 2 hours 20 minutes

Bus Wanganui to Palmerston North: 1 hour 30 minutes

Bus Paraparaumu to Palmerston North: 1 hour 20 minutes

Bus Porirua to Palmerston North: 2 hours

Bus Wellington to Palmerston North: 2 hours and 15 minutes


About Palmerston North

The youthful city of Palmerston North is vibrant and has an active student population as it is home to Massey University, Universal College of Learning and the International Pacific College. ‘Palmy’, as it is known to the locals, is the main city in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand, located just 140 km north of the nation’s capital, Wellington.

No matter what you are into, there is plenty to do in Palmerston North! If you're into the outdoors, go hiking in the Tararua Ranges or take a day walk through the Manawatu Gorge. Te Manawa is a museum of art, science and history that recognises the history and uniqueness of the area, reflecting the growing region and its people. General admission is free and there are guided tours available.

During your stay in Palmerston North, you must also check out the New Zealand Rugby Museum, the first museum dedicated to the country’s national sport. Take time to explore the rich history of the game, the forgotten heroes and see how it has shaped and been shaped by New Zealand.

Those after some “retail therapy” will be pleased with the shopping in the central area of the city, where there are a variety of stores for all tastes and budgets.

Getting around Palmerston North is easy! Check out the urban Palmerston North bus timetables and routes at