Econo Lodge The Villas
665 Pioneer Highway
Palmerston North, 4412
Phone: (64) 6 3565265
Fax: (64) 6 3565267
Arts & Museums
Come, see and experience early New Zealand - from pre-European times, the colonial days, the war years to present day New Zealand. View the grocery shop with over 3,000 items (many still with their 1937 price tags). Remember the days of 'short back and sides' with the barber and tobacconist shop. Get an insight into early New Zealand farming lifestyles with the farm machinery and tools. Guided tours (large or small groups) are available if you ring and advise a tour is required prior to your arrival.
Located at the heart of the town Wanganui, the Sarjeant Gallery is a contemporary art gallery focused on showcasing the works of young talent to the world. The gallery also comprises of a collection of 5,500 artworks ranging from the 16th Century European art to the 21st Century New Zealand art. Among these are the works of sculptures, paintings, pottery, ceramics, video art, digital printing and other contemporary medium used to depict art. As part of promoting young talent, the museum has also set up a Artist-in-Residence Programme in the medieval Tylee cottage. A perfect place to observe artwork from varied medium and source. Call or visit their website for more information.
Whanganui Regional Museum offers you a peek of the natural history, topography and local lifestyle of the native residents of the city. You will get a chance to look at some rare birds and animals who have are on the verge of extinction. Besides, there are paintings, artefacts and other objects that help you get acquainted with the local life of the place. To know more about the place, check the website.
A short drive up Wellington's lovely "Gold coast", you will find the Southward Car Museum housing the largest collection of cars and motorbikes in New Zealand. Once the largest private collection of cars, the Southwards car museum holds more than 200 cars and 125 motorbikes. With cars dating from an early (1890s) Benz you will find a collection that will enthrall and intrigue.