Located on the West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island and home to approximately 43,000 people, Whanganui sits at the junction of State Highways 3 and 4. We are a 2 ½ hour drive north from New Zealand’s capital city Wellington, an hour and a half from Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro or an hour flight from Auckland. Most of the city lies on the northwestern bank of the historically significant Te Awa o Whanganui – the Whanganui River. The longest navigable river in New Zealand and once known as the Rhine of New Zealand, the Whanganui River has shaped the history of the city and its people. more
Whanganui is a place steeped in history, art and culture. Big enough to draw crowds and small enough to be intimate. There is something here for everyone!
We are surrounded by mountains, Mount Taranaki, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro, a beautiful natural landscape, dramatic west coast beaches and unspoilt native bush for tramping and wilderness trips. Our vibrant community prides itself on its parks and reserves, cycle and walk ways and an abundance of creativity. Don’t be surprised to find an immediate sense of connection, an unexpected little slice of heaven, and real New Zealand authenticity. Enjoy our manaakitanga – our legendary hospitality. We look forward to welcoming you to our part of the world. Come and learn more.
Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au. I am the river, the river is me.
What Do You Want To Do?
Tongariro Alpine Crossing guided tours - Winter / Summer (sunrise). Hike by torch light under the moon & stars to the highest point of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing to watch the sunrise. Inflatable raft and kayaking tours - half-day heaps of fun! Whakapapa & Whanganui River. School camps - group activities & camp safety management. Caving.
Mobile-friendly - Welcome to the unique hospitality the Anndion Lodge is renowned for – with our diverse range of affordable motel accommodation options and conference facilities, we are more like a Travellers Resort than just a room for the night.Located on the banks of the Wanganui River with stunning river views we offer genuine kiwi hospitality to make you feel at home
Relax and enjoy the peace of the countryside by day visits or staying in either the camping ground, secluded chalets or bed and breakfast in the homestead. Hand-feed our pet farm animals, stroll around the park and lake, or take a more strenuous farm walk. Be tempted with Devonshire tea in the antique shop and visit our memory lane museum.
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Mobile-friendly - Bridge to Nowhere offer you a complete Whanganui River experience. Jet boat tours to the Bridge to Nowhere, unique lodge accommodation in Whanganui National Park, and canoe trips to untouched parts of the River. Transport for trampers and mountain bikers to and from Whanganui National Park - The Mountain to the Sea. Mountain bike trip accommodation & transport packages.
Ridge Top Farm combines the tranquility of luxury camping with a true 'Kiwi farm' experience. Part of the Canopy Camping Escapes network of luxury campsites around NZ, glamping at Ridge Top Farm offers spectacular views, stunning scenery and plenty to keep you entertained during your visit.
Just 400m from the city centre with restaurants, supermarkets and heritage sites all within walking distance, ASURE Cooks Gardens offers peaceful accommodation amidst well-kept gardens. All guests will enjoy Sky TV Guest Select 50+ channels, FREE unlimited fibre WiFi and FREE guest laundry. Our 15 ground level units are clean and modern
Mobile-friendly - Close to the heart of Wanganui City, our motel accommodation is conveniently situated for visitors to Wanganui. Comprising of 28 one bedroom motel units and 6 studio units that are clean, comfortable, self-contained and set away from the road – it provides great accommodation for families, weddings, conferences, sports teams and travellers alike. Free Wifi, daily servicing and sky television.
Mobile-friendly - Experience the adventure of a lifetime on New Zealand's premier walking tracks, the Great Walks! Leading you through awe-inspiring landscapes - from strolling along sandy shores to climbing above the clouds - there's something for everyone. Managed by the Department of Conservation, there are nine unforgettable journeys to choose from! Visit our website for a taste of what's on offer.
Mobile-friendly - Hikurangi StayPlace is conveniently located near the city, river, parks and main roads. The rooms are comfortable and most have ensuite bathrooms. The setting is in the grounds of the historic Hikurangi Homestead with spacious gardens and peaceful areas to relax in. Facilities include free unrestricted wifi, free laundry, free BBQ and a games room.
Mobile-friendly - We create independent walking holidays which include the Great Walks of New Zealand. No longer will you have to visit 3 or 4 different websites. We will plan and organize the walks for you, by pre-booking Department of Conservation huts, pre and post walk accommodation, transfers and our experienced staff will advise the best time to travel and more.
Mobile-friendly - Grab yourself super cheap bus fares for long distance bus travel across New Zealand with prices starting at NZ$1 plus booking fee. The earlier you book, the cheaper it is. nakedbus.com offers comfortable, fast buses with friendly local knowledgeable drivers, and of course, cheap prices. Book online then sit back while our experienced drivers take you to your destination.
Close to the heart of Wanganui City, our hotel accommodation is conveniently situated for all. Including 27 well-appointed studio rooms and 1 two bedroomed Apartment with kitchen. Our hotel boasts Free Wifi, an excellent in-house café/bar/restaurant, daily servicing and sky television. Whatever your travel needs, our friendly and helpful team will ensure your stay is both suitable and comfortable.
Mobile-friendly - River City Cottage Bed & Breakfast is situated in the heart of the vibrant heritage city of Whanganui. Their Bed and Breakfast is ideally located as your base to explore. This Cosy cottage is in the heart of the historic River City. New decor, comfy queen bed with view of cottage garden. Sunny verandah with hammocks. Friendly people and pets.
The Riverview Motel, on the Banks of the Historic Whanganui River and only 5 minutes walk to the city centre is the perfect place to stay in Wanganui. Apartment style rooms available with Spa Baths, River view Units with gorgeous views of the Whanganui River. All units have cooking facilities.
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Mobile-friendly - We LOVE sharing this unique New Zealand experience with you on your journey, making sure you receive 'REAL KIWI HOSPITALITY' which always includes something for FREE. We offer half-day, one to five-day trips. We provide canoe/kayak hire and exhilarating Jet Boat Tours, through the many rapids and lush native bush with some of the best scenic-landscaping in the World.
Mobile-friendly - Tamara Riverside Lodge is a spacious Edwardian Villa overlooking the majestic Whanganui River with views of Mount Ruapehu. We strive to offer a superior standard of Backpacker Accommodation. Options include Private rooms with ensuite though to dorm beds and all choices in between. Closest Budget lodge to the City centre, FREE fast WIFI, FREE BIKES, BBQ, Piano and guest Guitar.
Mobile-friendly - Ever thought about canoeing down the Whanganui River? Spend five days on a unique Whanganui River Experience and find out just what makes the Whanganui River such a special place. Beautiful scenery, gourmet food, leisurely pace – what more could you want? Personally guided by owner/operator Hayden Potaka, with many years experience paddling the Whanganui River.
Whanganui National Park contains the 290km Whanaganui River - the longest navigable waterway in the country. A diverse landscape of river systems, lowland forests and countless hills and valleys punctuate the park. Walking, tramping and various water activities are popular and Maori culture is an important aspect of the park.
Mobile-friendly - Whether you're on holiday or visiting friends and family. From Standard Cabins to Tourist Flats, Ensuite Units, and Park Motels, powered and tent sites, our beachside park has accommodation to suit everyone. Set-up camp and discover all we have to offer. Acres of beautiful park like grounds, adjacent to Castlecliff Beach.
Mobile-friendly - Choose from our range of guided river tours and overnight camping tours. We provide Ruapehu canoe and kayak hire, and camping equipment. For a few days you can be isolated from the outside world. Yeti Tours has a 25-year history of canoe tours on the Whanganui River. We provide our clients with a never to be forgotten wilderness adventure experience.
Situated in Wanganui East on half an acre of private garden. Guests will find a peaceful place to relax, watch the tui's and enjoy a glass of wine on the verandah. It is a picturesque ten-minute walk along the riverbank to the main street of Wanganui. Five minutes walk from the back gate is the iconic Kowhai Park.
Mobile-friendly - River Valley Lodge near Taihape is the ultimate adventure lodge get away experience. They are 32 kilometres from the nearest town, set in an absolutely stunning location beside the Rangitikei River. A wide range of outdoor activities available.
Mobile-friendly - Since 1982, River Valley have been rafting the world-class Rangitikei River. Up to grade five rapids run during summer and winter. Alternatively try our scenic rafting trips. Ideal where not all members want the full Whitewater Rafting experience. Flexible options.
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Your Country Needs You 1940s Biltz Party
Pin up your victory rolls and wave your Union Jack with pride, dust off your stripes and polish your medals. Turn out that light and pile into our 1940s air raid shelter for the Blitz Party in the Bunker Bar taking ...
Where: Wanganui RSA, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 170 St Hill Street, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 6:00pm on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 10:30pm on Friday 19th January 2018
Summer Swim School Holiday Lessons - Week Two
Makino Aquatic Centre Swim School Holiday Lessons are back for the Summer School Holidays! Lessons take place over the week Monday 8 - Friday 12 January and Monday 15 – Friday 19 January – Book for one week, or ...
Where: Makino Aquatic Centre, Feilding, Feilding and District
Address: Council Place, Feilding, Feilding and District
From: 8:00am on Monday 15th January 2018
To: 5:00pm on Friday 19th January 2018
Salad Boys This Is Glue Album Release Show
Christchurch-based alt. rockers Salad Boys are touring NZ this Jan/Feb to celebrate the release of their second LP 'This Is Glue'. The LP will be released thru US label 'Trouble In Mind' and will be available in ...
Where: Lucky Bar + Kitchen, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 53 Wilson St, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 9:00pm on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 11:30pm on Friday 19th January 2018
Talking About Desert Island Discs
Della and Cesar will talk about CDs they would choose to have on a Desert Island. Entry by koha.
Where: Prince Edward Auditorium, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: Wanganui Collegiate School, 132 Liverpool St, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 2:30pm on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 3:30pm on Friday 19th January 2018
Marton Country Music Festival 2018
The Festival is now quite a huge event it now is. Over the last 13 years it has become an event that is looked forward to by artists and public alike. As we move to our 14th year the enthusiasm grows even larger. ...
Where: Wilson Park, Marton, Rangitikei
Address: Rira Street, Marton, Rangitikei
From: 8:00am on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 12:00pm on Sunday 21st January 2018
Whanganui Vintage Weekend
Join us in Whanganui for a weekend of fantastic fun on Wellington Anniversary Weekend from the 19th to the 22nd January. Start on Friday with a Jazz Cruise on the Waimarie paddle steamer. On Saturday there is The ...
Where: Whanganui Regional Museum, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 62 Ridgway St, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 5:30pm on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 4:00pm on Monday 22nd January 2018
Manawatu Turtle Rescue
We are Manawatu's Turtle Rescue Centre based in Feilding withover 35 Turtles, We invite you all to come and visit our Turtles. You will have the opportunity to watch, hold, touch, feed and interact with our turtles ...
Where: Manawatu Turtle Rescue, Feilding, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 75 Beattie Street
From: 11:00am on Thursday 18th January 2018
To: 3:00pm on Monday 22nd January 2018
School Holiday Horse Riding
School holiday horse riding fun days! Kelly Rowe School of Riding will be running more fun days over the December/January school holiday period. Students can bring their own pony or use ours. Each student will have ...
Where: Manley Lodge, Palmerston North
Address: 320 Milson Line, Palmerston North
From: 9:00am on Monday 18th December 2017
To: 5:00pm on Friday 26th January 2018
Roller Skating Disco
Roller Skating Disco every Friday during term time. Come along, bring your friends and have a rolling great time. Games. Music. Spot prizes. Shop open for snacks and drinks. $5 per skater, includes skate hire! No ...
Where: Bell Hall, Palmerston North
Address: Waldegrave St, Palmerston North
From: 6:30pm on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 8:00pm on Friday 16th March 2018
School Holiday Programme
Te Manawa's Summer Holiday programme offers a huge range of activities, Blending fun and learning, there's a mix of free and paid sessions, booked and drop-in. There's something for everyone, so download our ...
Where: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Address: 326 Main St, Palmerston North
From: 10:00am on Wednesday 20th December 2017
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 21st January 2018