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.
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High quality motel accommodation amid well kept gardens. Superb, convenient location. Close to city centre and civic amenities. Range of designer-decorated, easy access ground level units. Some with luxurious spa bath and video units. Sky TV and Internet access data points in all rooms. English or continental breakfast available.
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.
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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.
It's fast, it's furious, it's family entertainment and it's at a track near you. Fast paced racing, huge hits, bikes with no brakes, demolition derby's, fireworks - Speedway in NZ is an action packed event for everyone! With 24 race tracks across the country - enjoy the exhilaration that only Speedway provides, throughout the summer season (Oct-April).
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.
Rich in history, The Grand Hotel offers affordable accommodation with 55 en suite rooms. The Grand Hotel attracts families, sporting groups, business people and leisure travellers alike. Conveniently located just off the main street in Wanganui, adjacent to Cooks Gardens Sporting Complex, the hotel has all the facilities and expertise to make your stay enjoyable. Conference facilities and wedding venue.
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.
Situated on the banks of the mighty and mysterious Whanganui River, centrally located, we are the perfect base to get out and explore the area. Our deluxe motels provide outstanding comfort, offering you access to excellent facilities that are shared with the park. If your family or partner want the ultimate in holiday park relaxation, this is for you!
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.
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Big Daddy Wilson and Band: CANCELLED
The local organiser could unfortunately not stick to the agreement and we had to cancel the show, apologies to everyone who misses out. We hope you can still make it to one of our other shows! - Big Daddy Wilson (aka ...
Where: Bulls RSA, Bulls, Rangitikei
Address: 55 High St, Bulls, Rangitikei
From: 7:00pm on Wednesday 18th October 2017
To: 10:30pm on Wednesday 18th October 2017
Aziza Bellydance Lite
Be a part of the growing Aziza sisterhood! We are offering our last Lite cycle for the year! This is an open class, suitable for ladies of any shape, age or dance experience. If you've never tried belly dancing ...
Where: Shed 23, Palmerston North
Address: 23 Princess St, Palmerston North
From: 6:30pm on Wednesday 4th October 2017
To: 7:30pm on Wednesday 1st November 2017
Pole Fitness Classes
Get fit in a fun way! Pole fitness classes for all shapes, sizes and fitness levels, no experience necessary! Sign up for 5 weeks and get a free gym membership! (Unlimited use of gym equipment and pole room out of ...
Where: Human Movements Fitness Centre, Palmerston North
Address: 97 Taonui St, Palmerston North
From: 5:30pm on Monday 25th September 2017
To: 7:00pm on Wednesday 25th October 2017
Speed - Learn to Skate
Speed Skating, MSSC Learn to Skate weekly classes are run by NZ representative skaters and coaches. Skates and bike helmets are available to use or bring your own. Inquiries contact Vikki Gibbs - 3589387.
Where: Bell Hall, Palmerston North
Address: Waldegrave St, Palmerston North
From: 5:30pm on Wednesday 18th October 2017
To: 6:30pm on Wednesday 6th December 2017
Yoga for Health
This class is for people on a mission to improve their health, and for already active people wanting to add value to their weekly routine. Whether you are already a regular exerciser and seeking greater flexibility, ...
Where: Theosophical Society Hall, Palmerston North
Address: 304 Church St, Palmerston North
From: 5:20pm on Wednesday 6th September 2017
To: 6:45pm on Wednesday 7th March 2018
Surviving automation: Skills for the Future
If automation is the next industrial revolution, do you have the skills to survive? Artificial intelligence and robotics are changing the way we work, and it’s important to understand what this means for individuals ...
Where: The Factory, Palmerston North
Address: 21 Dairy Farm Rd, Palmerston North
From: 5:00pm on Thursday 19th October 2017
To: 7:00pm on Thursday 19th October 2017
Experience the thrill of the horses racing past the winning post. Contact: Paula McCool - 06 3765 626
Where: Woodville Racecourse, Woodville, Tararua
Address: 1014 McLean Street, Woodville, Tararua
From: 12:00pm on Thursday 19th October 2017
To: 11:59pm on Thursday 19th October 2017
Tours and Planting
Join the Friends of Gordon Park, students from St Johns Hill School, Whanganui Toyota and DOC Rangers for a tour of this wetland kahikatea forest fragment in Whanganui Easts’ backyard. The Friends of Gordon Park ...
Where: Gordon Park Scenic Reserve, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: Cnr Kaimatira & No.3 Line, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 9:00am on Thursday 19th October 2017
To: 1:00pm on Thursday 19th October 2017
The Foxton Te Awahou Ladies Lions Club presents a movie night to raise money for Foxton and Foxton Beach branches of Fire and Emergency, NZ. The group has chosen 'The Mountain Between Us' to screen for that evening ...
Where: Focal Point Cinema, Levin, Horowhenua
Address: 14-16 Salisbury Street, Levin, Horowhenua
From: 5:30pm on Thursday 19th October 2017
To: 8:30pm on Thursday 19th October 2017
Bushy Park Volunteering Days
Join our Bushy Park volunteers for activities in and around the predator fenced sanctuary, for the morning, afternoon, or both. We will be working alongside toutouwai (North Island Robin), tīeke (saddleback), and hihi ...
Where: Bushy Park, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 791 Rangitatau East Road, Kai Iwi, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 9:00am on Tuesday 17th October 2017
To: 4:00pm on Thursday 19th October 2017