Getting there & away
InterCity (www.intercitycoach.co.nz), Newmans (www.newmanscoach.co.nz) and Tranzit Coachlines (06-355-4955; www.tranzit.co.nz) operate from the Palmerston North Travel Centre (06-355 4955; cnr Main & Pitt Sts; 8.30am-5.30pm Mon-Thu, 8.30am-7.15pm Fri, 9.30am-3.30pm Sat, 9.30am-3pm & 4-7.15pm Sun). InterCity and Newmans run services from Palmerston North to most North Island destinations.
White Star City to City (06-758 3338; www.whitestarbus.co.nz) operates from the Tranzit City Link bus stop on Main St near the Square, with services to Wellington ($24, 2¼ hour, one to two daily) and New Plymouth ($33, four hours, one to two daily) via Wanganui ($16, one hour). Book at the i-SITE.
Naked Bus (0900 625 33; www.nakedbus.com) runs from Palmerston North to many North Island destinations, including Wellington (from $16, 2½ hours, three daily), Napier (from $16, 2½ hours, three daily), Taupo ($24, 3½ hours, one daily) and Auckland ($39, nine hours, one daily). Departs the Main St Tranzit City Link bus stop. Book online or at the Palmy i-SITE; cheaper fares for advance bookings.
Tranz Scenic (0800 872 467; www.tranzscenic.co.nz) runs long-distance trains between Wellington and Auckland, stopping at the retro-derelict Palmerston North Train Station (Mathews Ave), off Tremaine Ave about 2.5km north of the Square. From Palmy to Wellington, take the Overlander ($49, 2¼ hours, one daily) departing at 5pm (Friday, Saturday and Sunday May to November), or the Capital Connection ($22, 2¼ hours, one daily Monday to Friday) departing Palmy at 6.20am. Buy tickets from Tranz Scenic directly (no ticket sales at the station).
Palmerston North International Airport (PMR; 06-351 4415; www.pnairport.co.nz; Airport Dr), 4km north of the town centre, is proud of its international status. International passengers pay a $25 departure tax; domestically there’s a $5 development levy. Air New Zealand (06-351 8800; www.airnz.co.nz; 366 Church St; 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 9.30am-12.30pm Sat) runs daily direct flights to Auckland (from $89), Christchurch (from $109), Wellington (from $69) and Hamilton (from $89).
OzJet (06-351 4415; www.ozjet.com.au) has plans to be winging between Palmy and the Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, but at the time of writing, the details were still being resolved. Check the website for prices and schedules.