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A taste of Palmy and the Manawatū

Palmy and the Manawatū are an established business ecosystem that is well connected and home to some of the brightest minds in Aotearoa.

The region offers a great return-on-investment for organisations running their conference here, with excellent value across a range of venues, accommodation and conference services. Unique venues include an iconic brewery, grand theatre, international motorsport track or a bespoke country club where delegates can step out of the meeting room and straight onto the green.

Home to more than 70 educational and research institutions, Linton Military Camp, Ōhakea Air Base and the Sport & Rugby Institute, Palmy and the Manawatū are a hub for industry research and development labs, plus it’s where you’ll find the highest number of PhDs per capita in New Zealand.

The geographic location of Palmy and the Manawatū provides a strategic advantage for conference organisers. The airport is only a short 10 minute drive to Palmy’s city centre, with excellent flight connections from all major centres.

Manawatū Convention Bureau offers free and impartial advice. Visit or email