Wanganui Activity Highlights
The Wanganui, New Zealand district promises 'an intimate connection with nature', whether you're hiking in the forest, wandering a rhododendron garden or canoeing along a river.
Wanganui Activity Highlights Overview
The Wanganui region is alive with history, culture, and adventure or relaxing activities. Whether you want to explore the Whanganui River or the Whanganui National Park, or appreciate the vibrant arts scene that is the Wanganui City, you will not be disappointed.
Exploring the World of the Whanganui River
The Whanganui River is New Zealand's longest navigable river. It is a stunningly beautiful river, and provides endless opportunities and activities.
Explore the river by jet boat, or canoe or kayak downstream over gentle rapids. Other activities include:
- Take a gentle trip on the restored Whanganui River Paddle Steamer, the PS Waimarie
- Find the Bridge to Nowhere. A jet boat trip is followed by a guided walk to the bridge
- Catch the Whanganui River Mail Run—a mini-coach trip travelling from Wanganui to Pipiriki and returning through the heart of the Whanganui National Park
- Visit Pipiriki village, on the banks of the Whanganui River
Places of Interest in Wanganui
Wanganui is the city by the river—an interesting place to explore.
Take a ride in Wanganui's historic Durie Hill elevator to the top of Durie Hill for commanding views of Wanganui and the surrounding countryside. Built in 1919, it is the only earthbound elevator in New Zealand and one of only two in the world.
Hire a car and follow the Whanganui River Road for an insight into early Maori occupation, the influence of Christian missionaries and the interesting history of the romantically named settlements.
Venture into the Whanganui Nation Park and enjoy a short bush walk, or tramp in the beautiful forestry.
Wanganui History and Culture
Wanganui has a vibrant arts scene with fine arts, graphic design, glass blowing and fashion.
- The Sarjeant Art Gallery in Wanganui is known for its neo-classical architecture and magnificent exhibitions
- Also in Wanganui, the Memorial Tower is built from fossilised shell rock and offers excellent views of the city, Mount Taranaki, Mount Ruapehu and the Tasman Sea
- Follow Old Town Heritage Walk to find Wanganui's oldest buildings
- The Ward Observatory in Wanganui houses the largest unmodified refractor telescope still in use in New Zealand
- The Whanganui Regional Museum is recognised for its outstanding collection of Maori taonga (treasures) and Lindauer portraits
Useful Wanganui Links
To help plan your Wanganui holiday choose from the main categories below
- Wanganui Accommodation
- Wanganui Tours
- Wanganui Attractions
- Wanganui Transport
- Wanganui Dining
- Wanganui Visitor Information
Wanganui Region Information
Key information and facts about the Wanganui region.
Major activities and attractions in the Wanganui region.