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.
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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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 - 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.
Owhango Adventures is located in the centre of the Ruapehu Region, based in small town called Owhango. Being based on the State Highway 4 in Owhango provides us with the perfect location to take a Whanganui River canoe trip. We provide Whanganui River Canoe Hire for either guided or self-guided trips. Or for your walk across the Tongariro Crossing.
Spacious, warm, affordable units in an excellent location close to civic amenities. Offering one-bedroom units and studio units, sleeping up to seven people and overlooking the swimming pool. Cooked and continental breakfasts delivered to your unit. Special rates for families, groups and pensioners. Friendly hosts keen to make your stay a pleasurable one.
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.
Welcome to the historic Rutland Arms Inn, the hotel with heart, in the centre of Wanganui. We offer relaxed, friendly dining in our restaurant below and sophisticated and quiet accommodation above. Viewing is essential as you will not believe the elegance that awaits you upstairs. We pride ourselves on being family-friendly and if you need something, please just ask.
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 - Imagine yourself enjoying this spacious Edwardian era lodge overlooking the majestic Whanganui River, with it's great views of Mount Ruapehu. Relaxation points are plentiful and perhaps you can see yourself relaxing in hammocks under the palm tree in the large garden. Or playing darts or pool in the games room.
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!
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 Jamie Anderson, 30 plus years on the 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 - Whanganui Tours offer adventure and sightseeing tours along the beautiful Whanganui River by jetboat, cycling the Whanganui River Road, and trampers transport to and from all tracks in the area. Tracks include: Matemateaonga Track, Tongariro walking trail, Atene Skyline Track, and Viewpoint Walk. Join them on the Whanganui River Road Mail Tour, and experience the amazing rural scenery.
Exhilarating adventures, and Kiwi country hospitality in a spectacular location. Escape the humdrum of every day life with a unique mix of adrenaline pumping excitement and classic Kiwi country living. Wild Journeys offers jet boating adventures, river kayaking and flying fox fun, in tranquil and spectacular surroundings.
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Afternoon Tween Time
Are you aged10-12 years? Come along! Exciting activities planned just for you to learn, do and share. Afternoon tea provided.
Where: Palmerston North Central Library, Palmerston North
Address: 4 The Square, Palmerston North
From: 3:45pm on Wednesday 24th February 2016
To: 5:00pm on Wednesday 26th October 2016
Latin America & Spain Film Festival 2016
The Latin America & Spain Film Festival is a cultural event dedicated to contemporary cinematographic productions from Latin America and Spain.
Where: Davis Theatre, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: Watt St, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 7:00pm on Wednesday 12th October 2016
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 29th October 2016
Are you brave enough to ride the Halloween train? Once again the Esplanade Scenic Railway will be back even scarier people to bring you an even better Halloween train. Tickets are $4 per passenger, sorry no ...
Where: Esplanade Scenic Railway, Palmerston North
Address: Victoria Espalande, Park Rd, Palmerston North
From: 6:00pm on Monday 24th October 2016
To: 10:00pm on Saturday 29th October 2016
PN Film Society Screening
These events are screenings of specific films listed in our programme. The programmes are available from Downtown, the Public Library and on our website.
Where: Downtown Cinemas, Palmerston North
Address: 70 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North
From: 6:00pm on Wednesday 2nd March 2016
To: 11:59pm on Wednesday 30th November 2016
Animal Afterschool Care
Kelly Rowe School of Riding is a small family friendly operated riding school within the Palmerston North city boundary, situated at 320 Milson Line. Here at Manley Lodge we specialise in giving all children an ...
Where: Manley Lodge, Palmerston North
Address: 320 Milson Line, Palmerston North
From: 3:00pm on Monday 10th October 2016
To: 6:15pm on Friday 4th November 2016
Early literacy learning and activities programme, for pre-schoolers and their caregivers. Themes: - Crocodiles - Water - Pirates - Dogs - Families - Libraries - Shapes - Superheroes - Tools - Christmas
Where: Woodville Community Library, Woodville, Tararua
Address: 42 Vogel Street, Woodville, Tararua
From: 2:00pm on Wednesday 12th October 2016
To: 2:30pm on Wednesday 14th December 2016
Heritage Park - Rhododendron Flowering Season
Come and visit the beautiful Heritage Park Rhododendron Gardens in Kimbolton Village. 4 hectares of spectacular gardens and ponds. Dogs on a lead are welcome.
Where: Heritage Park, Kimbolton, Feilding and District
Address: Haggerty Street, Kimbolton, Feilding and District
From: 10:00am on Monday 10th October 2016
To: 4:00pm on Wednesday 30th November 2016
Workshop for Employers
Presented by Inland Revenue, this is a hands-on interactive session where you will learn how to: - Complete a mock monthly wage summary for two employees; - Calculate PAYE and other deductions; and - File your ...
Where: Tararua Business Network, Dannevirke, Tararua
Address: 40 Denmark Street, Dannevirke, Tararua
From: 9:30am on Wednesday 26th October 2016
To: 12:30pm on Wednesday 26th October 2016
Swagnificient - Understanding the Swagger of Youth Gang Cult
Speaker: Dr. Moses Ma’alo Faleolo, Lecturer in The School of Social Work, Massey University. According to the Urban Dictionary the term ‘swagger’ refers to how one presents him or herself to society in terms of ...
Where: All Saints' Community Centre, Palmerston North
Address: 338 Church St, Palmerston North
From: 2:15pm on Wednesday 26th October 2016
To: 4:00pm on Wednesday 26th October 2016
Come along and enjoy good company over a shared meal followed by an interesting speaker. Fourth Wednesday of each month in the Stephens Parish Hall. Contact the Parish office for more info: Phone - 327 8398.
Where: St Stephens, Marton, Rangitikei
Address: 23 Maunder Street, Marton, Rangitikei
From: 5:30pm on Wednesday 28th September 2016
To: 7:30pm on Wednesday 28th December 2016