About Palmerston North

As an international student living in Palmerston North, you will enjoy the benefits of a modern city with the atmosphere of a safe, small town atmosphere.

You will have access to endless quality educational and co-curricular opportunities in a slow pace, relaxing lifestyle, allowing for more individual student attention and care.

Palmerston North, often called “Palmy” is located in the lower North Island, about 140km north of New Zealand’s capital, Wellington and 530km south of Auckland. Palmy is the central hub of New Zealand and boasts a population of 88,000. Palmerston North hosts its own airport which has frequent domestic flight services to all major cities and numerous regional centres.

Why Palmerston North?

1. International Safe City

Palmerston North has been accredited as an International Safe Community by WHO in October 2013. People who live, work, study and visit here are welcome and secure.

2. World Class Education

Palmerston North is a city of growth and opportunity with strengths in world-class education across sectors from early childhood through to tertiary. The city is home to major educational and research institutions, including New Zealand’s defining university – Massey University, Universal College of Learning (UCOL), and International Pacific College.

3. Highly Educated and Skilled Population

Our education and qualifications levels continue to outperform the national average, especially at Post-graduate & Honours, Masters and Doctorate. Our education and qualifications levels continue to outperform the national average, especially at Post-graduate & Honours, Masters and Doctorate.

4. A Global Village

Palmy is a student hub and hosts a diverse and inclusive population with representatives from over 100 different cultures. International students are warmly welcomed and embraced into the vibrant multi-cultural and multi-ethnic community.

5. Affordable and Balanced Lifestyle

Palmerston North offers a lovely laid-back lifestyle. People are very friendly, social, and supportive. The city is a great place, safe, affordable and relaxed. It is definitely the place to raise children with greater educational opportunities and an appreciation for nature and freedom.

6. Central Location

Palmerston North is centrally located in the lower North Island of New Zealand. It is a growing hub with outstanding infrastructure, reliable and regular air, rail, and road transport. The city offers the sophistication and diversity of a major city with all the freedom and space of a provincial centre. Only two hours to Wellington, Ohakune or Napier and a short drive to Wairarapa, the location of Palmerston North makes weekend trips easy.

7. Globally Connected

With ultra-fast broadband across the city and free Wifi service in the city centre, Palmerston North is well connected globally. It offers digital commuting to the world. reduced travel time and cost; hence, enables the local economy to remain innovative and competitive.

Palmerston North Girls’ High School is located within walking distance to the City’s main centre and facilities.


Summer average: 22 degrees Celcius (72 degrees Fahrenheit)
Winter average: 12 degrees Celcius (54 degrees Fahrenheit)
Annual Rainfall: 960mm (37.8in) Rainfall occurs approximately 5% of the time, with 200mm rain-free days each year.