Things to do in Palmy

A fabric-lovers weekend in Palmerston North

Fabric-a-brac is now a great excuse to get out of town. Grab some girlfriends, raid your coin jar and head on up/down/across to Palmerston North to grab some fabric bargains, clean out the local op shops and have a great catch up over some yummy food and coffee.

All of the below suggestions except the Herb Farm are no more than 5 min drive from the fabric-a-brac venue.

Shopping delights

Palmy has a disproportionate amount of second-hand and charity shops where you can pick up some real gems. Arohanui Hospice, St Vincent de Paul, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Goodwill shop, Women’s Refuge shop and a huge SaveMart – they’re all here. Most are clustered on Rangitikei St, but there are a couple down Terrace End. Check out their websites for more.

Recycle Boutique on The Square sells second-hand designer and vintage clothing. Lovely staff and a buyer with a sense of discretion mean I rarely leave this shop without having bought something.

There’s a big Bernina shop too which sells lots of cotton, sewing machine accessories and parts and do sewing machine maintenance.

Great streets for cafes and clothing are George St and Coleman Mall – all wrought iron detail and tucked-away little boutiques. It has a lovely little bookshop – Bruce MacKenzie – and some great clothes stores.

Keep your eye out for yarn bombing – an active group in Palmerston North Yarn Bomb statues and all sorts. 

Yes, you can get a GREAT coffee

When your poor tired feet need a break from all that shopping, there’s a few good cafes in Palmerston. Great food, ice cream and coffee to be had lovely old building in Victoria House Esplanade Cafe and of course my favourite local hangout Joseph St Kitchen.

The Herb Farm café is a wonderful spot about ten minutes out of town. They have an awesome range of beauty products made right there out of all natural ingredients and the café is set in lovely gardens. If you’ve got a group of people you can book a therapeutic body product workshop.

Te Manawa museum and gallery has a brilliant kids area too and you could go to the rugby museum if you are getting prepped for a big game.

In the evening

Palmerston North’s Centrepoint Theatre is actually the only professional theatre in New Zealand to operate outside the four main centres of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes and movie theatres – or you probably want to collapse in a heap with your purchases!

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2 thoughts on “Things to do in Palmy

  1. So sorry I won’t make it up there this weekend-it’ll be grand I’m sure and lots of new crafty connections will be born. Look forward to the next Wellington installment. Love the sound of Alexandre’s Patisserie too!

  2. It is also Rose City Quilters Celebration of Quilts Exhibition at the Convention Centre Friday Saturday and Sunday 10am till 4pm
    $5.00 entry fee…..lots of exhibits, merchants, and viewer vote comps etc

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