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Palmerston North

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Things to do: parks, museums, sightseeing
Palmerston North, commonly referred to by locals as Palmerston, or colloquially Palmy, is the main city of the Manawatu-Wanganui region of the North Island of New Zealand.The city is inland, located in the eastern Manawatu Plains, near the north bank of the Manawatu River. The city is 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 city covers an area of 325.94km2. 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. Included in the city limits are fertile agricultural areas.Palmerston North is the country's seventh largest city and eighth largest urban area, with an urban population ofThe city's location was once little more than a clearing in a forest and occupied by small communities of indigenous Māori, who called it Papaioea, believed to mean "How beautiful it is". In the mid 19th century, it was discovered and settled by Europeans . On foundation, the settlement was bestowed the name Palmerston, in honour of Viscount Palmerston, a former Prime Minister of Great Britain. 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 . However, Te Papaioea is the preferred Māori name.
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