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Many visitors to New Zealand typically make the journey through the country starting at Auckland, stopping off at Taupo and Rotorua and then don't stop until they've reached Wellington - the southern most point of the North Island. At the crossroads of this journey, rugby heritage from every playing nation is showcased in the city of Palmerston North. New Zealand Rugby Museum is the Country's one and only, and first museum in the world devoted to the oval ball code.
Much more than static displays of memorabilia and historic information, New Zealand Rugby Museum is a place where you can experience rugby culture, connect with the heroes, be physically challenged by the interactive exhibits, and gain a sense of just how compelling this much loved game is. For an all encompassing New Zealand cultural experience, you needn't travel further than a few steps to learn Maori legends, see native animals, walk through a waterfall and see the nearby Manawatu Gorge being formed at Te Manawa - museum, gallery and science centre.
Palmerston North City is a 2-3 hour drive from Napier, Wellington, Taupo and New Plymouth. All roads lead to the compact city centre, which is based around The Square - a popular inner city park and social hub surrounded by boutique stores and sprinkled with public art.