Keep active in the holidays and explore Palmy. Our passports are your guide to some of our favourite places near the river and in our local parks.
We live in a stunning area of the world with lots of adventures just on our doorstep. Passport to Play Palmy is your invitation to get outside and have fun in some of Palmerston North's best spots.
Become an explorer in your home town. You'll need a passport, pencil, and playful attitude!
Choose from one of two passport editions below. We've placed brightly coloured posts in some of our favourite places along each route. Find all 10 and 'stamp' your passport.
The Passport to Play booklets are crammed full of other ideas for things to do at each place as well.
Be sure to share your adventure with us! Take a snap and use the hashtags #palmyproud and #playpalmy.
Print a passport
Print off a passport and follow the easy instructions to make your own. You can collect stamps on the one-page passport if you don't want to print out the whole booklet. There are Te Reo Māori versions, too.
River passport: Kōrero a Awa
Look out for the bright green posts to make these stamps. You'll find them located in 10 of our favourite spots along the Manawatū River.
Look out for the bright orange posts to make these stamps. You'll find them located in 10 of our favourite Palmy parks.
Pick up a passport
Drop by the Palmerston North i-SITE in the Square during the July school holidays to collect a passport we have printed for you. Our friendly staff will also have packets of pencils available and some great pointers on how you can best get to each place along the route. Please note there are a limited number of hard copy passports, so be in quick!
To make the adventure even more exciting, we challenge you to make use other transport options than driving around in your car. Our friends at Horizons Regional Council and NZTA continue to provide a free city bus service until 20 July. We recommend downloading the “GoHorizons” mobile app to make getting around on the buses super easy. You can also find details on the free service, bus timetables and more on the Horizons website.
Why not consider exploring the route on bike? You can take your own, or ask our awesome team at the Palmerston North i-SITE for a rental options. Remember to wear a helmet!
Love where you live
The passport is aimed at encouraging locals to get outdoors, to love where you live, and have fun. However there are some serious reasons behind it.
Getting outside is good for everyone’s mental health and activity levels. Unstructured, outdoor play is also important for children’s development and could have positive environmental benefits in future.
By getting our children outdoors, they have fun, take risks and exercise without even noticing it. Additionally, the hope is that they develop a sense of adventure and a love of nature and exploring. The next generation has significant environmental issues to address. If they grow up feeling connected to nature, they may just have the passion and drive to tackle these problems successfully.
Got an idea?
The Passport to Play Palmy project was sparked from a local community idea. Do you have an idea for a community event or project that could transform a public space? Palmy Unleashed and Placemaking Palmerston North would love to hear from you.