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.
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.
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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.
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.
Waimarie Paddle Steamer was restored to her former glory and re-launched in 2000 to make her New Zealand’s only authentic coal-fired paddle steamer in operation. Visit Waimarie Museum to uncover the colourful history of the Whanganui riverboat era. A two-hour river cruise operates up to six days a week during the warmer months. Themed and private charter cruises also operate.
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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Wanganui Home Show
The Wanganui Home Show is the largest annual show in Wanganui. - Over 100 exhibitors - Over 10,000 visitors over the two day weekend. Whatever stage you are at, the Wanganui Home Show is your event of the year. ...
Where: Jubilee Stadium, Whanganui, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: Jubilee Stadium, Springvale, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 9:00am on Saturday 19th August 2017
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 20th August 2017
Manawatu Turbos vs Wellington Lions
The Mitre 10 Cup is kicking off and the squad is fizzing to get under way. Matching up against an exciting Wellington Lions team, the Turbos will need everyone in full voice. Remember - kids eat free with every full ...
Where: Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North
Address: 61 Pascal St, Palmerston North
From: 4:35pm on Sunday 20th August 2017
To: 6:25pm on Sunday 20th August 2017
Hokowhitu Village Farmers Market
A Market for locals offering a range of artisan and local produce to tease your taste buds! - Street food - Live music by local talent - Artisan produce stalls
Where: Hokowhitu Village Centre, Palmerston North
Address: 356 Albert St, Hokowhitu, Palmerston North
From: 9:00am on Sunday 18th June 2017
To: 1:00pm on Sunday 20th August 2017
Let the Good Times Roll
Part of the Regent Alive August Festival. A fundraising concert to get the Rodger Fox Big Band to the Monterey Jazz Festival in September of this years. Two legendary New Zealand artists to appear on the ...
Where: Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Address: 53 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North
From: 4:00pm on Sunday 20th August 2017
To: 6:00pm on Sunday 20th August 2017
The Hub Church Feilding presents Sunday Funday at the Civic Centre. A fund morning with bouncy castles, face painting and big games. Gold coin donation per family.
Where: Feilding Civic Centre, Feilding, Feilding and District
Address: 84 Aorangi St, Feilding, Feilding and District
From: 10:30am on Sunday 20th August 2017
To: 12:30pm on Sunday 20th August 2017
Celebration of Ethnic Songs and Praises
Celebration of Ethnic Songs and Praises is a unique event bringing people of different ethnicities and cultures together to enjoy and share their particular songs of praise, a Multicultural Council celebration of unity ...
Where: St. Marys Parish, Palmerston North
Address: 69 Ruahine Street, Palmerston North
From: 2:00pm on Sunday 20th August 2017
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 20th August 2017
Vocal Quartet Concert - Globe Sunday Matinee Series
Vocal Quartet Concert: Jennifer Little – soprano, Pauline Rowe- contralto, Nigel Tongs – tenor, Lindsay Yeo – baritone with Guy Donaldson – piano Jennifer Little was the soloist at the opening of the ...
Where: Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
Address: Cnr Main and Pitt Sts, Palmerston North
From: 2:30pm on Sunday 20th August 2017
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 20th August 2017
Kids Book Club - Last One for The Year
Are you stuck inside on a cold winter’s day? County Fayre would like to invite all children in the community to the County Fayre Book Club in the Pohangina Valley Public library. For a gold coin donation, all ...
Where: County Fayre, Pohangina, Feilding and District
Address: 976 Finnis Rd, Pohangina, Feilding and District
From: 2:00pm on Sunday 20th August 2017
To: 4:30pm on Sunday 20th August 2017
Ultimate Trackdays, Track and Drift Day
Drive or Drift your car around one of New Zealand's most iconic circuits. Ultimate Trackdays provide a safe friendly environment for you to push the limits of your car without getting the speeding tickets. Our ...
Where: Manfeild, Feilding, Feilding and District
Address: South Street, Feilding, Feilding and District
From: 8:00am on Saturday 13th May 2017
To: 4:30pm on Saturday 23rd December 2017
Jingo - Music Bingo
The newest craze in pub games, Jingo is musical bingo. Picture old school bingo with the numbers replaced with snippets of your favourite tunes. Bring a team or come on your own. Kicking off at 7:30pm but join at any ...
Where: Chateau Tongariro Hotel, National Park, Tongariro
Address: State Highway 48, National Park, Tongariro
From: 7:30pm on Wednesday 26th July 2017
To: 9:30pm on Sunday 3rd September 2017