Introducing Around Palmerston North
Just south of ‘Student City’ in the underrated Horowhenua district, Shannon (population 1510) and Foxton (population 2000) are sedentary country towns en route to Wellington.
Our fine feathered friends at Owlcatraz have obligingly adopted oh-so-droll names like Owlvis Presley and Owl Capone. It’s a 30-minute drive south from Palmerston North.
Foxton Beach is one of a string of broad, shallow Tasman Sea beaches along this stretch of coast – brown sand, driftwood and holiday houses proliferate. Other worthy beaches include Himatangi, Hokio and Waikawa.
The town of Levin (population 19,550) is more sizeable, but suffers from being too close to both Wellington and Palmerston North to warrant the through-traffic making a stop.