AA Convention

58th Annual Convention

22 – 24th January 2021

Convention Centre, 354 Main Street, Palmerston North

The 58th Annual Convention

Here you’ll find all the information you need on the venue, how to register, transport within Palmerston North and other things to do while you’re in Palmerston North.

We look forward to seeing you at the convention!

Download the convention flyer here


Register for the event


Convention Centre, 354 Main Street, Palmerston North


Information about transport to and from the venue (coming soon)

Things to do

Palmerston North is packed with awesome options!


Get in touch

Palmerston North

Palmerston North is a prosperous North Island inland city of more than 81,000 inhabitants. It is situated in a beautiful setting surrounded by rich and fertile pasture inland. Palmerston North was named in honour of a former British Prime Minister called Viscount Palmerston. The Māori name for the city is Papaioea which is believed to mean “How beautiful it is”.

Palmerston North.Palmerston North is often called the “Rose City”, after its stunning rose gardens. The central business district of Palmerston North is centred on a large leafy square. Many of Palmerston North’s original stores, built in the 1920’s and 1930’s, have been restored into charming boutiques, cafes and great restaurants.

Palmerston North is only a short drive away from the picturesque Tararua and Ruahine Ranges which have the stunning Manawatu Gorge.

Activities and attractions surrounding the city include:

  • Hunting and fishing
  • Scenic flights
  • Rafting
  • Climbing and go-kart racing
  • 4 wheel driving
  • Horse treks
  • An NZ Rugby Museum
  • A Pioneer Museum

Convention Centre and Accommodation

This well-appointed event centre is the perfect space to hold our convention this year. Read details and see the map here.

There is no accommodation at the venue, but here are some local ideas:  New Railway Hotel provides backpack type accommodation and is only a few minutes along the same road as our venue.

Also on Main Street is the Masonic Hotel  Reasonable cost for a motel. It’s a bit of a walk along Fitzherbert Avenue, but a direct route to the convention centre.

On the site, you can find the Massey Campus Summer Stays. A car would be needed from here although there is a good bus service to and from Massey.  Also on this site are a range of accommodation options including apartments in the central city that groups could utilise to keep the costs down.  Various types of accommodation for singles, couples, and groups to share. Worth a look for some good prices and a wide range of accommodation.

Note our convention venue is on Main Street; opposite George street.



People can email if they would like transport from/to the airport to their accommodation and/or convention

Transport in and around Palmerston North
You can open a bus timetable on this website
If you are staying at Massey or want a bus road trip around PN this is your
Hire a bike if you are staying and explore some of our great bike ride parks/trails
Or Bike Palmy; click on Transport and Roading to see existing roadworthy
biking. On-line Bike Maps shows you where some serious and fabulous mountain biking
(Arapuke) happens in our fair city. 100% pure NZ website.
 Travel to NZ Tab; features Air NZ (of course)
 Transport Tab full of useful information
 Choose destinations – click on Manawatu (that’s us)
 Recommended Trips – keep clicking on show more!  Palmerston North airport

Local Meetings

Palmerston North has a great selection of meetings running every day except Wednesday and Sunday. If you would like more information, to find out where they are, or would like a lift to get to one during your stay in Palmerston North, please ask. Meetings are also listed on our website here.

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