Known as New Zealand’s Student City, Palmerston North has a population of over 88,000. Massey University’s main campus is located here. The city has excellent high schools and other tertiary institutes. The city is in Manawatu, the centre of the North Island, with close proximity to Wellington (150 km; 2 hours by car), the famous Tongariro National Park ski fields and Lake Taupo (270 km; 3 hours by car), New Zealand’s Art Deco capital, Napier (2 hours by car), and rural Taranaki (3 hours by car). There are transport links (road, bus, and plane) to popular tourist centres further afield such as Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown for weekend travel. Surrounding Palmerston North city you will find beautiful farmland blended with walking tracks in the Tararua and Ruahine Ranges. There is a citywide cycle track and local beaches are 30 minutes (by car) away.