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.

PMR Airport Overview

palmerston north airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Palmerston North Airport.

What to Expect

Palmerston North Airport (code: PMR) has a small terminal that handles several domestic routes. Facilities are limited to a convenience shop, a full-service restaurant, a casual eatery, and free WiFi.  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 guide below for locations and rates.

Sleeping in Palmerston North Airport

This airport closes nightly, 30 minutes after the day’s last flight, so overnight stays are not possible. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Palmerston North Airport Guide.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

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

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Palmerston North Airport:

  • A’Abode Motor Lodge – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Aztec Motel – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Braemar Motor Lodge – No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Palmerston North, search deals and read traveller reviews.

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!

Related Pages: Palmerston North Airport Lounges

Food & Drinks

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.

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 & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.


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

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

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 – If you are travelling with an infant, 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.

Drinking Water – Information is unavailable. Does the airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

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).

Information Desk – Need help finding your way? Visit the airport information desk for help. Location: Ground Floor, past the rental car desks.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Unavailable. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

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 Palmerston North Airport website.

Car Rentals

Car rentals are available onsite.  The following companies have desks in the arrivals terminal: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • RaD Car Hire • Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


Taxis are available in front of the terminal. 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: 2024-01-31

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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: update the airport guide or  write a review.