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
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.
Comprising of 27 well appointed hotel rooms and a 2 bedroom Deluxe Apartment. Featuring Sky television, a guest entertainment network with free broadband internet access and wireless coverage, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer, iron and ironing board in all rooms. 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.
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.
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.
A range of affordable accommodation in a delightful area on the banks of the Whanganui River. A bed for every budget in park motels, self-contained units, kitchen cabins, standard cabins, powered or tent sites. Clean and modern facilities. Spa, heated swimming pool (Summer), store, kayak trips, jetboating. We have it all!
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.
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Baobabs between Land and Sea (Film)
Reel Earth Environmental film festival presents the New Zealand premiere of Baobabs between Land and Sea that is relating a unique scientific expedition to study the baobabs of Madagascar and encountering the Vezo, one ...
Where: Palmerston North Central Library, Palmerston North
Address: 4 The Square, Palmerston North
From: 5:30pm on Thursday 25th May 2017
To: 7:00pm on Thursday 25th May 2017
Four Flat Whites In Italy
Roger Hall's hugely successful, sell-out hit comedy is hitting the road in 2017, promising big laughs and nights of fun in 28 venues around the country. Venice! Rome! Tuscany! It’s 2007 and guide book in hand, ...
Where: Royal Wanganui Opera House, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 69 Saint Hill St, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 8:00pm on Thursday 25th May 2017
To: 10:30pm on Thursday 25th May 2017
Crows Feet Dance Collective
A contemporary dance project for adults leading to an August performance. The theme is the Manawatu river - wad-eable or swim-able? a tongue in cheek look at our environmental issues. All welcome to join, and have ...
Where: Michelle Robinson Dance Studio, Palmerston North
Address: 383 Church St, Palmerston North
From: 7:00pm on Thursday 20th April 2017
To: 8:30pm on Thursday 25th May 2017
Play On - On Stage
A hilarious show not to be missed. Directed by Ngaire Ngatarere.
Where: Regent Theatre, Pahiatua, Tararua
Address: 64 Main St, Pahiatua, Tararua
From: 7:30pm on Thursday 18th May 2017
To: 10:00pm on Saturday 27th May 2017
Held Thursdays fortnightly on the ground floor of the main library, Little Pals is a playgroup for preschool children with disabilities and their families. Sessions will begin with a fun activity such as music, ...
Where: Palmerston North Central Library, Palmerston North
Address: 4 The Square, Palmerston North
From: 1:30pm on Thursday 16th February 2017
To: 2:30pm on Thursday 22nd June 2017
Querying Kiwi Comedy
Dr Nicholas Holm, Lecturer in Media Studies at Massey University, presents a lecture examining how the Topp Twins use comedy as a means to unsettle ideas around gender, sexuality and what it means to be a New Zealander, ...
Where: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Address: 326 Main St, Palmerston North
From: 6:00pm on Thursday 25th May 2017
To: 7:00pm on Thursday 25th May 2017
Pilates was developed by a man (Joseph Pilates) for men! So stop thinking it's only for women and find out how it can make your body function better and help prevent injuries. This course provides a relaxed, ...
Where: Anomaly Dance Studio, Palmerston North
Address: 310 Rangitikei Street, Palmerston North
From: 6:20pm on Thursday 25th May 2017
To: 7:20pm on Thursday 25th May 2017
Guide to Using the Manawatu Heritage Website
Come and learn more about the Manawatu Heritage website with Heritage photo collection assistant Heather. Morning tea provided.
Where: Awapuni Library, Palmerston North
Address: College Street Shopping Centre, Awapuni, Palmerston North
From: 10:00am on Thursday 25th May 2017
To: 11:00am on Thursday 25th May 2017
Learn to Dance - Beginner Social Ballroom & Latin American
If you’ve ever wanted to learn to dance this is the class for you. Fun simple and easy to learn dance moves which can be used in the Waltz, Rumba, Rhythm Foxtrot, Cha-Cha and Swing. Dancing is like the alphabet. ...
Where: Easidance Studio, Palmerston North
Address: 168 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
From: 7:00pm on Thursday 4th May 2017
To: 8:00pm on Thursday 1st June 2017
Understand Addictions - Community Workshop Series
Virtue Health Care Education along with Matua Raki present 'Understanding Addictions' community education series. The workshops are open to everyone in the community and are free to attend. We are hoping that people ...
Where: Legacy Centre, Palmerston North
Address: 86-92 Highbury Ave, Palmerston North, Palmerston North
From: 7:00pm on Thursday 18th May 2017
To: 9:00pm on Thursday 1st June 2017