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Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Located in the eastern Manawatu Plains, the city is near the north bank of the Manawatu River, 35km from the river's mouth, and 12km from the end of the Manawatu Gorge. It is about 140km north of the capital, Wellington. The official limits of the city take in rural areas to the south, north-east, north-west and west of the main urban area, extending to the Tararua Ranges; including the town of Ashhurst at the mouth of the Manawatu Gorge, the villages of Bunnythorpe and Longburn in the north and west respectively. The city covers a land area of 395km2.The city's location was once little more than a clearing in a forest and occupied by small communities of Māori, who called it Papa-i-Oea sometimes spelt Papaioea, believed to mean "How beautiful it is". In the mid-19th century, it was discovered and settled by Europeans (mostly of British and Scandinavian origin). On foundation, the settlement was bestowed the name Palmerston, in honour of Viscount Palmerston, a former British Prime Minister. The suffix "North" was added in 1871 by the Post Office to distinguish the settlement from Palmerston in the South Island. The Māori transliteration of Palmerston North, is Pamutana (Nota). However, Te Papaioea is the preferred Māori name. In recent years the city has been nicknamed "Palmy" by locals.
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Most accommodations in Palmerston North are located close to The Square and the shops and restaurants that surround it. Some older hotels can be found closer to the center of this commercial district, while newer properties cluster along Fitzherbert Avenue. With onsite spas and popular restaurants, some of the more upscale options cater to well-heeled visitors. Look to side streets in this central area and basic motels farther out of town if dealing with a stricter budget.
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