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Palmerston North is a theatre lover’s paradise says Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre

The Palmerston North theatre scene is brimming with both local and international talent. From amateur productions to international show stoppers Palmerston North has it all.

Gillen Smiler, co-owner of Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre in Palmerston North, has some good advice on where you can find all the glitz and glamour of live theatre.

For local productions Gillen recommends The Globe Theatre.

The Globe Theatre is a community-owned facility with 200 seats capacity which allows for dramatic performance, music, dance and much more. “At the Globe Theatre you can find a variety of local and touring arts and cultural events and it is located central to the city and Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre and only a minute walk from The Square,” says Gillen.

Fully restored to its former glory of the grand old days of theatre, take a step back in time to the 1930’s with The Regent on Broadway “Regent on Broadway is one of New Zealand's finest performing arts venues,” says Gillen.

A Manawatu icon, the Centrepoint Theatre is the only professional theatre in New Zealand outside of the four main centres of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. “Many New Zealand plays that have been developed and premiered at Centrepoint and have gone on to successful runs nationwide so it’s a great place to see shows before they become highly successful,” advises Gillen.



Get on your bike with Palmerston North Accommodation Provider Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre

When it comes to cycling the Palmerston North and Manawatu region has got it all.

From scenic rides and road adventures for families to thrill seeking mountain bike rides that will satisfy the most daring of adrenaline junkies.

The centrally-located Palmerston North accommodation provider Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre is ideally situated in the heart of Palmerston North city to make it the best place to base yourself for any Manawatu cycling adventures.

“Road biking is very popular here with both locals and tourists,” says Gillen.

And it’s easy to see why with the variety of bike routes for all ages and fitness levels.

These trails will lead you through stunning rolling hills of the Manawatu farmland, historic towns and picture perfect country lanes. The team at Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre recommends the the Manawatu Cycleway.

“Cycling is one of the best ways to explore our region and the 115km Manawatu Cycleway is the perfect way to do this. This Cycleway intertwines its way from Mangaweka to Palmerston North City, providing cyclists with a fantastic two-day trip set against the region’s beautiful landscape,” adds Gillen.

For those looking for a bit more adventure check out the region’s great range of mountain biking tracks and trails. Get the adrenalin pumping with a cycle along the The Te Ara o Mahurangi mountain bike trail.

“Te Ara o Mahurangi is an exciting downhill mountain bike trail that’s not for the faint of heart,” adds Gillen. This trail takes riders on a fast-paced downhill ride through 2km of native bush.

After a day of putting the pedal to the metal relax in Chancellor Motor Lodge’s Spa Studio. All Spa studio units have queen size beds and Deluxe double spa baths, ideal for relaxing in after your cycling experience around the city.

The professional and caring team at Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre will endeavour to make your stay as relaxing as possible. So for your next trip to Palmerston North make them your first choice of accommodation every time.

Contact Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre:

131 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Phone: +64-6-354 5903
Fax: +64-6-354 5083
Website: http://www.chancellormotel.co.nz/Email: info@chancellormotel.co.nz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chancellor-Motor-Lodge-Conference-Centre-108071805908561/
Reservations Freephone: 0800 370 781

Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre is the perfect motel choice for Palmerston North Sporting Events.

There is always something happening in sports-mad Palmerston North.

Local sports fanatic Gillen Smiler, co-owner of Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre in Palmerston North, can point you in the right direction for the best sporting action in the Manawatu region.

Palmerston North and the wider Manawatu is busting at the seams with sporting venues who host a variety of action-packed sporting events. “Our city is home to multiple sports facilities, including Arena Manawatu, Central Energy Trust Arena, Fitzherbert Park, Twin Hockey turfs, Manfield Motor Racing Park and the Massey University Sport and Rugby Institute,” says Gillen.

The Central Energy Trust Arena is one of the most multi-purpose complexes in New Zealand and hosts a range of sporting events throughout the year. Not only are major international events held here but also many New Zealand Secondary School Sports events are hosted each year. “

If you are up for a bit of speedway racing action, in the heart of Palmerston North City you will find the Robertson Holden International Speedway, which has been the home of speedway since 1929. Or if circuit racing is more your thing, Manfield Park hosts a variety of race meetings each year.

At the Twin Turfs you will often see exciting hockey games played by the region’s premier hockey teams, the Central Mavericks (men) and Central Mysticks (women). “You will find Twin Turfs between Fitzherbert Park and Victoria Esplanade and has multiple division competitions occurring in both summer and winter,” adds Gillen.

About Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre:

The professional and caring team at Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre will endeavour to make your stay as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. So for your next trip to Palmerston North make them your first choice of accommodation.

Contact Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre:

131 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Phone: +64-6-354 5903
Fax: +64-6-354 5083
Website: http://www.chancellormotel.co.nz/Email: info@chancellormotel.co.nz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chancellor-Motor-Lodge-Conference-Centre-108071805908561/
Reservations Freephone: 0800 370 781

Palmerston North is a great place to visit.

Local expert, Gillen Smiler, co-owner of Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre in Palmerston North, has some good advice on making the most of your weekend in Palmerston North.

How about visiting the beautiful Himatangi Beach. “For the kids there is an adventure playground and mini-golf area nearby. Have some fish and chips on the beach and watch the waves roll in,” says Gillen.

Experience some local art with Zimmerman Art Gallery in the heart of the city. Zimmerman Art Gallery showcases art and sculpture by contemporary New Zealand artists. “The gallery's wide street level frontage allows you to view the displayed works 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Gillen,

Take in the beauty of the Manawatu region by taking a visit to Mangahuia Wetlands. Walk among hundreds of exotic and native shrubs and trees. Water plants, including beautiful water lilies and irises, can also be enjoyed. “See if you can spot some of our native birds hidden among the native trees and there maybe an opportunity for a boat ride and a bit of fishing,” advises Gillen.

With plenty of events, activities and things to do, Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre’s central location makes us a perfect base for exploring everything Palmerston North has to offer.

About Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre:

The professional and caring team at Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre will endeavour to make your stay as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. So for your next trip to Palmerston North make them your first choice of accommodation.

Contact Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre:

131 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Phone: +64-6-354 5903
Fax: +64-6-354 5083
Website: http://www.chancellormotel.co.nz/Email: info@chancellormotel.co.nz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chancellor-Motor-Lodge-Conference-Centre-108071805908561/
Reservations Freephone: 0800 370 781

Things to do in Palmerston North and the Manawatu: a guide by Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre

Palmerston North and the Manawatu region have a bevy of activities that are sure to excite and delight all types of traveller.

Local expert, Gillen Smiler, co-owner of Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre in Palmerston North, has some good advice on some of the best activities and things to do in the region.

“For those that are new to the region or even those that have been here a while, we recommend visiting Te Manawa to learn all about the history of our wonderful city and region,” says Gillen. Te Manawa includes a variety of collection based and hands on, interactive exhibitions developed in house, as well as national and international touring shows.

Ever wondered how we all became so mad about rugby? You can find out by visiting the New Zealand Rugby Museum. The New Zealand Rugby Museum in Palmerston North became the first public museum devoted to rugby with the mission to preserve, protect and display the history and heritage of New Zealand rugby.

“Without a doubt Rugby is an important part of our culture and heritage, so the New Zealand Rugby Museum is a must stop for any sports fanatic or culture lover in Palmerston North,” adds Gillen.

Looking for a little more excitement that would get the adrenalin pumping? “We recommend a visit to the River Valley for white water rafting for those who like to live life in the fast lane,” says Gillen. Set on the Rangitikei River, navigate your way through grade 5 rapids with half or full-day river rafting tours.

Want to experience New Zealand wildlife up-close? Then you have come to the right region. Just 20 minutes south of Palmerston North is the Owlcatraz wildlife park. This one-of-a kind wildlife park has uncommon and fascinating animals set amongst native New Zealand bush, making it a truly Kiwi experience.

“This is your chance to see native owls like the Morepork and Ruru, amongst the not-so-run-of-the-mill farm animals. And of course they have a neat glow-worm cave and a kiwi enclosure” comments Gillen.



A Foodie’s Guide to Eating Out in Palmerston North by Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre

Palmerston North is rapidly gaining a big reputation as a destination for fine food lovers.

With a bevy of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars you will be in foodie heaven on your next visit to Palmerston North.

Gillen Smiler, co-owner Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre in Palmerston North, advises on the best venues to dine in Palmerston North:

Just across the road from Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre is La Patio Café, which is part of the Hotel Coachman.

La Patio Cafe offers all day dining in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Featuring a scrumptious Mediterranean inspired menu, they also offer the popular High Tea on Sundays.

For those who enjoy a good beer with their food, there is no place better than the tried-and-proven Speights Ale House. With each menu item paired with a beer to match this is the place to go for hearty southern food, plentiful portions and good old fashioned southern hospitality.

Hugely popular with the locals is Aberdeen on Broadway. Serving a combination of the finest contemporary cuisine, an extensive wine list, ambience and exceptional service makes Aberdeen on Broadway is a “must do” for dining in Palmerston North. “Aberdeen on Broadway is loved by all who go there and is reputed to serve the best steak ever,” comments Gillen.

Looking for a more oriental experience? Then you can’t go pass Yeda which blends traditional Asian ingredients with fresh New Zealand produce to serve up delicious dishes. It even has a cocktail bar “which is great for pre dinner drinks and catching up with friends,” adds Gillen.

Described as a piece of Ireland in the heart of Palmerston North, Rosie O’Grady’s is an authentic Irish pub. With flowing Guinness, a charming pub atmosphere and great tasty food, Rosie O’Grady’s is a relaxing spot for that dining out experience.

About Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre:

The professional and caring team at Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre will endeavour to make your stay as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. So for your next trip to Palmerston North make them your first choice of accommodation.



Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre is centrally located for all your Palmerston North shopping needs.


Palmerston North is becoming the North Island number one destination for shopping. From big shopping malls to boutique stores, there is something for all types of shoppers in Palmerston North. Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre is the ideal accommodation provider for all your Palmerston North shopping trips.

Want everything in one place? The team at Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre recommend The Plaza Shopping Centre. Featuring more than 100 shops all under the same roof, this shopping centre has a variety of shops to please even the fussiest of shopper.

“For the shopper that wants everything in one place, we recommend The Plaza Shopping Centre. It has a great range of shops and you can always find what you are looking for,” says Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre co-owner Gillen Smiler.

For the more unique and personal feel, check out George Street and Coleman Mall. Featuring boutique shops such as Trumps, KILT and Posh, it also has a wonderful variety of eating options and it is an ideal place to spend an afternoon treating your wardrobe and your stomach. “George Street and Coleman Mall are a great mix of shopping and eating,” adds Gillen.

Shopping in Shannon also has some great options. “There are some quaint boutique stores there and it’s a great place for antiques, art, homeware and crafts,” advises Gillen.

Not sure what you’re looking for? Then ask the local experts at Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre. “Come in and ask us! We are happy to give you any recommendations for your shopping needs,” says Gillen.

From the casual shopper to the complete shopaholic, Palmerston North is a shopper’s delight. From small boutique stores to brand name stores and high end designers this city has it all and Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre is the perfect accommodation choice.


Palmerston North is rocketing up the list of being a favourite holiday spot for families. With a diverse range of attractions, Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre is centrally located to experience all that Palmerston North and Manawatu region has to offer.

Featuring 19 hectares of splendid gardens, the Victoria Esplanade is a gorgeous inner city park adjacent to the iconic Manawatu River. Highlights of the Victoria Esplanade include the rhododendron and camellia garden, bird aviary, bush walks, duck ponds, children’s paddling pool and playgrounds, an onsite café and the International Rose Trial Grounds, plus much more. “The gardens and walks can be enjoyed by all ages, the kids love the playgrounds and older folk like the leisurely strolls,” says Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre co-owner Gillen Smiler.

Are you a rugby nut? Then the New Zealand Rugby Museum should be at the top of your list for your Palmerston North visit. The New Zealand Rugby Museum became the first public museum devoted to rugby with the mission to preserve, protect and display of the history and heritage of New Zealand rugby. “It is a must stop for any sports fanatic,” adds Gillen.

Are you visiting Palmerston North for the first time? The team at Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre recommend your first stop should be Te Manawa. “Te Manawa is great for visitors who want to learn all about the history of our wonderful city,” says Gillen. Te Manawa includes a variety of collection based and hand's on, interactive exhibitions developed in house, as well as national and international touring shows.

Beat the summer heat by taking the kids to the fun-filled Lido Aquatic Centre. The Lido Aquatic Centre offers a good variety for all ages, with both the indoor and outdoor facilities. The Award winning Lido Aquatic Centre is a quality recreational facility, that will keep the kids entertained for hours.

About Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre:

The professional and caring team at Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre will endeavour to make your stay as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. So for your next trip to Palmerston north make them your first choice of accommodation.



Chancellor Motor Lodge Conference Centre are your Palmerston North conference specialists

The Chancellor Motor Lodge Conference Centre is the perfect venue for your next corporate function or event in Palmerston North in 2016.

We offer you a friendly service to ensure that your conference runs smoothly and successfully from start to finish,” says Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre co-owner Gillen Smiler.

Featuring natural light, Chancellor Motor Lodge Conference Centre is a stylish and modern meeting space that will sure to impress your delegates. “Our smart and easy to access ground-floor conference room is ideal for a range of conference and event requirements,” adds Gillen.

The air conditioned Chancellor Motor Lodge Conference Centre features a number of excellent conferencing facilities including, ground-floor accessible, off-street car parking, whiteboards and catering services. “If there is something extra you require, just ask! We are happy to help to put on the exact conference you desire,”

For those all day conferences, you are going to need catering to keep your delegates happy and going. Chancellor Motor Lodge Conference can provide a full catering service that is sure to appease even the fussiest eater.

Another wonderful benefit of having your conference at the superb Chancellor Motor Lodge Conference Centre is that you can also get quality accommodation at corporate rates.

Chancellor Motor Lodge Conference Centre is useful for a variety of events and functions such as corporate training sessions, board and trust meetings and a range of road shows.

The Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre in the heart of Palmerston North features 18 spacious, comfortable and stylish accommodation suites that will suit all types of traveller. For your next conference or corporate event in Palmerston north make Chancellor Motor Lodge and Conference Centre your first choice of venue.

“Just let us know your unique requirements and we can organise it with no fuss and no hassle,” adds Gillen.


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