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.
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Mobile-friendly - We are an outdoor adventure company that specializes in guided outdoor adventures through the Whanganui and Tongariro National Parks including guided walks on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. We have extensive knowledge of the region. We have vast experience working with people of all ages and abilities. We provide amazing outdoor adventures for individuals, families, school, social, corporate and team-building groups.
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.
Just 400m from the city centre with restaurants, supermarkets and heritage sites all within walking distance, ASURE Cooks Gardens offers peaceful accommodation amidst well-kept gardens. All guests will enjoy Sky TV Guest Select 50+ channels, FREE unlimited fibre WiFi and FREE guest laundry. 15 ground level units are clean and modern.
Mobile-friendly - Let’s go play in the snow up Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa Ski fields or go hiking to challenge yourself to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. You’re niche transport service will welcome you to the heart of the Tongariro National Park an UNESCO first dual heritage National Park in New Zealand. Experience local’s Cultural insights on journey and enjoy. Established 2012.
Situated in the heart of the North Island, New Zealand. Imagine accommodation close to a majestic waterfall, meandering stream and native bush—whio ‘blue ducks’, trout, eels and extraordinary bird life. Timber Trail Cycle Trail operator with all inclusive packages. We have it all – including spa! Friendly hosts with plenty of rustic charm, warm, cosy, affordable accommodation.
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.
Mobile-friendly - Canoe Safaris have 30 years experience in guided one to five-day canoe tours of Whanganui National Park. Fun-filled river holidays for folks with little or no paddling experience, families with young children, and those over 70 years young. All equipment and food supplied. Canoe and Kayak Rental available. Our trips have perfect mixture of fun, adventure, and value for money.
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.
Perfect transport or tour solution if someone in your group has a disability. We can carry wheelchairs, mobility scooters and power chairs. We offer a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle equipped with wheelchair lift and low steps. Capable of carrying large groups with provision to remain in wheelchairs. Disabled sports events, inclusive group charters, 'wheelie' friendly travel club, wheelchair accessible touring.
Mobile-friendly - Spacious, self-contained motels and chalets designed with quaint Scandanavian charm. Ideally situated at the base of Mount Ruapehu we are perfectly situated to explore the many outdoor marvels the Centre North Island has to offer - such as the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the Bridge to Nowhere, the Old Coach Road Cycleway, and numerous ski fields.
Camp Raukawa provides a safe, stimulating, educational environment where people of all ages can increase their knowledge, awareness, skills and self-esteem. Camp Raukawa is committed to delivering safe outdoor recreational and personal development opportunities for everyone. Our safety management system is audited and certified through the Outdoors Mark accreditation scheme and provide professional instructors to lead all outdoor activities.
Mobile-friendly - Restore, rejuvenate, re-create, regenerate. Disconnect from the modern world, reconnect with nature, and escape to River Valley Lodge for a restorative and relaxing break or a fun-filled adventure. With accommodation, a bar, restaurant, meeting rooms, stables and rafting adventures, it’s a unique all in one destination.
Mobile-friendly - River Valley have been rafting the Rangitikei River since 1982. Our grade 5, white-water rafting trip is often recognised as one of the best half day-trips in the world! Alternatively try a scenic or multi-day trip. Whether you're looking for a short action-packed trip or something more relaxing and discovery focused, River Valley Rafting can provide an unforgettable experience.
Mobile-friendly - Explore rural back country New Zealand on horseback. Experience the freedom of riding freestyle and using Natural Horsemanship techniques for a deeper connection between horse and rider. River Valley Stables offers rides for experienced riders - from a half day horse trek, to a luxury multi-day riding holiday. Accommodation for riders is also available at River Valley Lodge.
Mobile-friendly - Discover the heart of the North Island from your base at Turangi Holiday Park. The perfect home-base to discover a massive range of exciting activities on offer in the beautiful Great Lake Taupo region of New Zealand including the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Turangi Holiday Park, your Turangi accommodation, is ready for anything! Great stop-over en-route Wellington - Auckland.
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.
Our holiday park has 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. Family bathroom, accessible showers and units. We have it all!
Situated in the Heart of the King Country. We offer a range of activities: Fishing from the head waters of the Whanganui River to Free range hunting, exclusive to bow hunting only. With 4X4 Tours and Camping out packages available expreience the 'Go-Bush' adventure it's like no other.ID#3p1a08
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Whanganui Mega Fun Carnival Nights
The Whanganui Mega Fun Carnival is back with our Super Pass night sessions. Thrill & fun rides for everyone, featuring Hurricane, Carousel, Dodgem Cars, Tea Cups, Sizzler, Explorer & more. Plus all your favourite ...
Where: Whanganui Racecourse, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: Ingestre St, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 6:30pm on Friday 11th November 2022
To: 9:30pm on Saturday 12th November 2022
Leaving Jackson - The Johnny Cash and June Carter Show
Fall into the ring of fire in this unforgettable music concert dedicated to the music, love and lives of Johnny Cash and June Carter. For more than 40 years Johnny Cash and June Carter enthralled audiences around the ...
Where: Royal Whanganui Opera House, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 69 St Hill Street, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 7:30pm on Friday 11th November 2022
To: 9:50pm on Friday 11th November 2022
Spontaneous Start Pick n Mix
The final Start show of the year! This has been such an amazing experience and we are so proud of what the team has achieved! Come join us one more time to show your support to our start crew as they bring their salty ...
Where: The Dark Room, Palmerston North
Address: Cnr. Church and Pitt St, Palmerston North
From: 8:00pm on Friday 11th November 2022
To: 10:00pm on Friday 11th November 2022
Meanowls November Tour of the 4500: Friday-Nui
MeanOwls November Tour of the 4500 kicks off with Friday-Nui at The Commercial Hotel. Free Entry. Band starts at 7pm on the Main Stage or in The Garden if the weather is pretty. MeanOwls are an old school punk infused ...
Where: The Commercial Hotel, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 2 Bell street, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 7:00pm on Friday 11th November 2022
To: 9:00pm on Friday 11th November 2022
Butter Wouldn't Melt
Butter Wouldn’t Melt consists of Nick Burfield, lead vocals, harmonies, and guitar; Andrea Reid, lead vocals, harmonies, guitar, dulcimer, whistles, and bodhran; and Derek Burfield on double bass. Publicity material ...
Where: Horowhenua Scottish Society Hall, Levin, Horowhenua
Address: Cnr of Bartholomew Road & Middlesex St, Levin, Horowhenua
From: 7:30pm on Friday 11th November 2022
To: 11:59pm on Friday 11th November 2022
Free Smash Play Fun for Kids!
Free fun for Whanganui kids is happening this Friday afternoon at Victoria Park • Come along & meet Central Stags & Hinds cricket stars for autographs, free giveaways & fun SMASH PLAY & Kiwi Cricket skills games! Meet ...
Where: Downtown Whanganui, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: Downtown Whanganui, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 4:00pm on Friday 11th November 2022
To: 6:00pm on Friday 11th November 2022
Arohanui Hospice - Hearts and Homes The Rural Tour
Hearts and Homes is a biennial Arohanui Hospice fundraising event taking place on 11th and 12th November 2022. Showcasing some of the Rangitīkei’s finest homes and gardens, the tour offers a selection of lifestyle ...
Where: Hearts and Homes, Marton, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: Marton and the Rangitikei Region
From: 9:00am on Friday 11th November 2022
To: 5:00pm on Saturday 12th November 2022
Feilding Farmers Market
Come & visit the iconic Friendly Feilding Farmers Market. Every Friday a showcase of artisans, growers and farmers in the Manawatu/Rangitikei region and beyond bring their locally grown, fresh produce to our beautiful ...
Where: Manchester Square, Feilding, Feilding and District
Address: Manchester St, Feilding, Feilding and District
From: 8:30am on Friday 24th June 2022
To: 1:00pm on Friday 16th December 2022
Live Music at Globe Restaurant Palmerston North
Join us for our weekly live music every Friday night at the Globe Restaurant Palmerston North. Our local acts kick off at around 6pm and play a mix of great tunes from classics to modern hits in our Bar. Happy Hour ...
Where: Globe Restaurant, Palmerston North
Address: 194 Ruapehu Drive, Palmerston North
From: 6:00pm on Friday 23rd September 2022
To: 8:00pm on Friday 23rd December 2022
Manawatu Armoured Combat Training
Manawatu Iron Hides are a full-contact medieval armoured combat sports team. We participate in a range of disciplines - Pro Fights (MMA with axes and swords), duels (1v1's), and buhurt (group battles ranging from 2v2 ...
Where: Hokowhitu Scout Hall, Palmerston North
Address: 9 Ayr Place, Palmerston North
From: 7:00pm on Friday 1st July 2022
To: 9:00pm on Friday 27th January 2023