Manawatu & Whanganui
Est. Population: 250,000 | Palmerston North Est. Population: 90,000 | Whanganui District Est. Population: 50,000
Situated on the banks of the Manawatu River and the base of the Tararua mountain ranges, Palmerston North, Manawatu’s largest city, has a thriving economy which is largely due to its geographical location in central North Island and the prolific farming and agricultural activities. It is also home to some of the best schools and university in the country.
A short distance from Palmerston North will take you to the Ruahine Mountain range which provides some of the best remote location experiences you will find anywhere in New Zealand.
Recent years have seen the construction section booming in this region. Agriculture, sheep, beef and dairy cattle farming, and forestry drive the economy which is home to a top university, hospital, and a strong logistics and manufacturing sector due to its central location.
Employment opportunities are plentiful relative to size.