Sleeping in Airports

Palmerston North Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Palmerston North Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Palmerston North Airport.

What to Expect

  • Palmerston airport consists of a single terminal with two floors.
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.
  • Economy class passengers flying on Air New Zealand can find comfort in the lounge which is accessible with an airline membership. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
  • We have not received any reviews on this airport. If you have been there recently, please write a review to help future travellers.

Where to Sleep

  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Palmerston North Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • A’Abode Motor Lodge – (7 minutes from the airport) This is the closest hotel to the airport. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Aztec Motel – (7 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Braemar Motor Lodge – (7 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Palmerston North Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free unlimited WiFi is available at Palmerston North Airport. Connect to the “InspireFreeWifi” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by BNZ, are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Ground Floor, near the restrooms.

Baby Care Facilities – Changing tables are available in the women’s and unisex disabled restrooms.

Conference Facilities – Two meeting rooms are available for hire (full day or half day). The large room seats between 12 – 30 people and the smaller room sits 8 – 25. Catering and presentation equipment is available on request for an additional cost.

Duty Free & Shopping – Shopping is limited to a Relay lotto shop. Location: Ground Floor, near the Air New Zealand check-in area. Hours: 6:00AM – 7:00PM (Mon – Thurs), 6:00AM – 9:30PM (Fri), 6:00AM – 5:15PM (Sat) and 8:00AM – 7:30PM (Sun).

Food & Drink – Café Ignition offers full-service dining and panoramic views of the airfield from the 1st floor. If you want something quick, the Touch & Go Cafe, located near the Arrivals doors, has coffee and take-away meals. Both are open from 5:00AM until last flight arrival of the day.

Information Desk – Location: Ground Floor, past the rental car desks.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – USB charging ports are available for use in Café Ignition and at the top of the stairs, opposite the New Zealand Regional Lounge.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 5:00AM until 30 minutes after the last arriving or departing flight.


As of February 2018, Palmerston North airport is served by the following airlines: Jetstar • Air New Zealand.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The airport is connected to the center (via the Air Connector bus service) as well as destinations such as Horowhenua or Kapiti Coast (via the Wellington and New Plymouth Bus Service). Buses are available weekdays only (Saturdays as well with Air Connector). To plan your route, visit the the Palmerston North Airport website.

Car Rentals

Car rentals are available at the airport, and the following companies have desks in the arrivals terminal: Avis • Budget • Hertz • Thrifty • Europcar.


Taxis are available in front of the airport. There is a free taxi phone located inside the airport near the main arrivals doors, and a second is located on the illuminated advertising panel. The airport partners with Taxis Palmerston North.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.