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.
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
Luxury 5 star central city Wanganui accommodation including free wifi, spa baths, LCD Sky TV and corporate rates available. To cross the threshold at Aotea Motor Lodge’s boutique apartment motel accommodation in Wanganui City, is to enter a truly wonderful holiday experience.
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.
Best value Whanganui Accommodation to suit any budget or event. Offering affordable, clean and comfortable accommodation our complex comprises 30 rooms and studio motel units designed for comfort and quiet relaxation, combining the best of hospitality that Wanganui hotels / motels offer. Our friendly, professional staff will make you feel welcome.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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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Fantastic family event, 3km or 7km, walk or run. Only $3 entry, cash on the day. Come along and join us for these fantastic 7 weeks.
Where: YMCA Palmerston North Recreation Centre, Palmerston North
Address: 148 Park Rd, Palmerston North
From: 6:15pm on Tuesday 17th January 2017
To: 11:59pm on Tuesday 28th February 2017
Waka Ama Information Session
Interested in Waka Ama? Come along to our information session and hear all about the programme.
Where: Te Wānanga O Aotearoa, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 68 Victoria Ave, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 6:30pm on Tuesday 7th February 2017
To: 7:30pm on Tuesday 28th February 2017
Whanau Tri Training Programme
Looking for a challenge to launch you into summer? It’s that time of the year again and we are promoting the Midcentral Fit Whanau Tri and the 10-week training program that offers whanau the opportunities to ...
Where: Timona Park, Feilding, Feilding and District
Address: Campbell St, Feilding, Feilding and District
From: 5:45pm on Tuesday 24th January 2017
To: 7:00pm on Tuesday 28th March 2017
La Fiesta is New Zealand’s coolest little festival celebrating women and community. It’s jam-packed with nearly 70 events and activities to motivate, inspire and change you. Happening all over Whanganui, there ...
Where: Women's Network, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 75 St Hill St, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 3:00pm on Sunday 12th February 2017
To: 11:00pm on Friday 10th March 2017
Not Quite Live Drawing
Visit the Museum on Ridgway after-hours to explore and draw objects from the Museum collection currently on display in the exhibition 'Te Matapihi - looking into the Museum'. Items from the touchable tactile collection ...
Where: Whanganui Regional Museum, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 62 Ridgway St, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 5:30pm on Tuesday 21st February 2017
To: 7:30pm on Tuesday 21st February 2017
Jennifer Moss Music is proud to present the next round of Drum Dancing in Palmerston North! Groove and drum! 'She teaches with a spirit and enthusiasm that makes African dance accessible, and possible, for ...
Where: Shed 23, Palmerston North
Address: 23 Princess St, Palmerston North
From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 31st January 2017
To: 7:30pm on Tuesday 28th February 2017
Middle Eastern Belly-Dance Classes
Give yourself permission to take leave of your daily stresses with this exhilarating art form. With belly-dance you have the opportunity to get fit, meet new friends and take some well deserved time for yourself! ...
Where: Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Address: 53 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North
From: 6:00pm on Tuesday 31st January 2017
To: 8:00pm on Wednesday 26th April 2017
Lunchtime Pilates and Yoga Classes
12pm - Noontime Pilates 5:30pm - Evening sessions, Pilates and Yoga More daytime fitness sessions now available! *For other days and times, please contact me. I want to know what day/time suits ...
Where: Star Holistic Fitness Studio, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 6/66 Ingestre St, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 12:00pm on Tuesday 14th February 2017
To: 2:00pm on Thursday 23rd February 2017
Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Legends, The Hollies are back in New Zealand next February 2017 for five shows, a two-hour celebration of their unforgettable hit songs, on their Highway of Hits Tour. The Hollies are one ...
Where: Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Address: 53 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North
From: 7:30pm on Wednesday 22nd February 2017
To: 10:00pm on Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Aqua Fitness – Aqua HIIT
A High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) class with periods of recovery intervals that will give you a fun full body work out and leave you feeling energized and motivated. Classes are in chest deep water. Seesion lasts ...
Where: Makino Aquatic Centre, Feilding, Feilding and District
Address: Council Place, Feilding, Feilding and District
From: 6:15am on Monday 9th January 2017
To: 7:00am on Monday 27th February 2017