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Published: 3 August 2019
Last Updated: 27 September 2019

Whanganui is a place steeped in history, art and culture. Big enough to draw audiences and little enough to be intimate. We're encompassed by hills, Mount Taranaki, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro, a gorgeous natural landscape, magnificent west shore beaches and unspoilt native bush for tramping and wilderness trips. Our vibrant community prides itself on its own parks and reserves, bike and walk ways and plenty of creativity.

Do not be surprised to find an immediate sense of connection, a little unexpected piece of paradise, and real New Zealand authenticity. Love our manaakitanga - our hospitality. We anticipate welcoming you to our part of the world.

Come and learn more. Kautewatewakau. I'm the lake, the lake is me. Situated on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island and home to roughly 43, 000 people, Whanganui sits at the intersection of State Highways 4 and 3. We're a 2 ½, hour drive north from New Zealand's capital city Wellington, one hour and a half from Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro or a hour trip from Auckland.

The majority of the city lies on the northwestern bank of the historically important Te Ava O Wanganui - the Whanganui River. The longest navigable river in New Zealand and once known as the Rhine of New Zealand, the Whanganui River has formed the history of the town and its people.

Looking for places to hike? Try these awesome walks!

Walks & Hikes


  • Inspire Health & Fitness Whanganui
  • Club Fitness Gym
  • City Gym
  • CrossFit Whanganui


  • Aotea Motor Lodge
  • The Avenue Kingsgate Hotel Wanganui
  • Wanganui 151 On London
  • Riverview Motel
  • Wanganui Seaside Holiday Park

Places to Eat

  • Rutland Arms Inn
  • Japanese Kitchen WA
  • Cafe Anatolia Wanganui
  • The Blend Cafe and Fusion Restaurant


  • Whanganui Regional Museum
  • Sarjeant Art Gallery
  • Waimarie
Article by: Brett
Category : Towns & Cities

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