Palmerston North city is the base for NZ's largest university and has many cafes and restaurants. Festivals, parades, galleries will attract your attention while the Dugald MacKenzie Rose Garden was once voted among one of the world's top five prettiest gardens. The Rugby Museum boasts thumbs up from rugby fanatics, and the many bush reserves and tracks that enhance Palmerston North offer pleasant recreation.
Green Trout Guiding is a fly-fishing guiding service based in the Rangitikei District of the Central North Island of New Zealand; offering fly fishing opportunities targeting both rainbow and brown trout, for inexperienced and experienced anglers alike. The internationally famous Rangitikei River and its tributaries offer a pristine environment with beech forest lining the crystal clear waters. Jim Rainey has been fly fishing for 30 years and guiding for the last 17 years. Sight fishing to browns and rainbows with a dry fly is the ultimate experience for Jim and he is very keen to take you to those fish. Jim is a member of the NZPFGA (New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association), an association to advocate and protect the interests of members and clients and to promote professionalism, sportsmanship, and conservation in the interests of angling.
Newly developed in time for the Rugby World Cup in 2011, the NZ Rugby Museum is the place to learn about New Zealand's rugby history. Why is the national team known as the All Blacks? Why do they wear black? What is the significance of the haka? Why is New Zealand so successful at rugby? Get a feel for the real New Zealand by learning how its rich rugby heritage has shaped and been shaped by our country. It's not every day you can see the nation's treasures in their reality, from the first 'fern', the oldest All Black jersey and the oldest rugby ball to current All Black star Dan Carter's boots! And test out your rugby skills - kicking, tackling, leaping, sprinting or pushing - in the 'Have a Go' area. If the kids are with you, they'll love to imitate their heroes!
Open daily from 10am to 5pm. For current entry prices visit the Rugby Museum website.
Enter the mysterious world of the Native NZ Owl – the morepork, or Ruru. Meet Owl Capone, Owlè MacPherson, Owlvis Presley, and the Owlcatraz babies Owlmo and Owlfalfa. Hear the guides explain the legends of the ruru and feel the breeze as the “Priest of the Forest” glides by you with his 100% soundless flight. This purpose built area has no glass or cages so there are no barriers between you and these magnificent creatures of our NZ bush. Owlcatraz is also home to Little German Owl ‘Owlivia Newton John.