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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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 - Air Chathams has been bringing NZ's regional communities together by air for over 30 years. Privately-owned by Craig and Marion Emeny of the Chatham Islands, the airline provides a convenient, quality and reliable service that has cemented its reputation for looking after people. Flights to and from Whakatane, Whanganui, the Kapiti Coast and the Chathams Islands. NZ-wide speciality charters available.
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.
Mobile-friendly - Discover what you've been missing with New Zealand's most trusted car rental brand, offering a wide range of late model cars, 4WDs and vans, available from more than 40 convenient locations nationwide. Avis rentals also include unlimited kilometres, free standard insurance, and 24-hour breakdown service from AA Roadside Assistance. You can also earn Airpoints Dollars™ when renting with Avis.
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.
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.
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 - 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 - 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.
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 - Great location, situated directly opposite the Wanganui Racecourse, Wanganui Function Centre, Greyhound Track, as well as Cleveland and Dempsey and Forrest funeral homes. Raceway Motel is within walking distance to the central city, with restaurants, bars, sporting venues, Saturday market and river attractions. Facilities include outdoor swimming pool, spa pool, gas BBQ, guest laundry facilities and free WiFi.
Mobile-friendly - River Valley Lodge near Taihape is the ultimate adventure lodge experience. Set in a stunning location beside the Rangitikei River and offering white water rafting, horse trekking and great food. From traditional tramping style bunk-houses through to Deluxe Riverside Suites, we have a range of accommodation for you to rest your head after your day’s adventure.
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 - Experience the freedom of riding using Natural Horsemanship techniques. River Valley Stables has something for everyone – from a half day horse trek, to a multi-day horse riding holiday. We offer adventures for riders of all abilities, from beginner to experienced, and our packages can be tailored to suit you.
Mobile-friendly - Centrally located, close to civic amenities and attractions. We offer friendly, professional service to ensure that your stay with us is enjoyable and memorable. We take great pride in the cleanliness and presentation of our units, and strive to ensure that our service is in keeping with our 4-star-plus rating. Within walking distance of restaurants and shops.
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The Dog and The Mog
We are having an extra special Jumping Jellybeans celebrating a new local children's author Kaye Arnott and local illustrator Laura Wenden Green! Kaye will be reading her book, we will have some music and craft too! ...
Where: Palmerston North Central Library, Palmerston North
Address: 4 The Square, Palmerston North
From: 10:00pm on Wednesday 20th February 2019
To: 11:00pm on Wednesday 20th February 2019
Unwind - The Orange Tour: Hayden Chisholm
Unwind: Hayden Chisholm, Paul Dyne, Norman Meehan Unwind is saxophonist Hayden Chisholm’s New Zealand-based project, and tours annually. The group performs original music that, although flavoured by chamber music, ...
Where: Lucky Bar + Kitchen, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 53 Wilson St, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 6:00pm on Wednesday 20th February 2019
To: 8:00pm on Wednesday 20th February 2019
Discover Golf for Beginners
Discover Golf is a four week program aimed at beginners who would like to learn the basics of the game in a friendly and relaxed environment. By the end of the four weeks you will have a good understanding of the ...
Where: Manawatu Golf Club, Palmerston North
Address: Centennial Drive, Palmerston North
From: 5:15pm on Wednesday 13th February 2019
To: 7:30pm on Wednesday 6th March 2019
Youthline Afterschool Sports & Games
Youthline provides a fun and free afterschool programme for kids and youth 8+ years old during the school term. Youth workers run games and activities at Kelvin Grove hall, so come along and get involved! Parents ...
Where: Kelvin Grove Community Centre, Palmerston North
Address: 68 Kaimanawa Street, Palmerston North
From: 3:15pm on Wednesday 20th February 2019
To: 5:00pm on Wednesday 10th April 2019
Learn to Skate – Speed
Speed Skating, Manawatu Skating Club: Learn to Skate weekly classes are run by NZ representative skaters and coaches. Skates and bike helmets are available to use or bring your own. Enquiries, contact - Vikki ...
Where: Bell Hall, Palmerston North
Address: Waldegrave St, Palmerston North
From: 5:30pm on Wednesday 13th February 2019
To: 6:30pm on Wednesday 10th April 2019
La Fiesta is New Zealand's coolest little festival showcasing women. Brought to you by the good folk at the Women's Network. Events will be happening all over Whanganui in our tenth year! Visit the official festival ...
Where: Women's Network, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 75 St Hill St, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 10:00am on Thursday 14th February 2019
To: 10:00pm on Sunday 10th March 2019
Who are the Manawatunes? Formed in 1996, we are a chorus of men who love singing. We sing acapella (unaccompanied) harmony and are the current 2018 New Zealand Champion Small Chorus, a title we also achieved in 2014, ...
Where: Red Cross Service Centre, Palmerston North
Address: 245 Main St, Palmerston North
From: 7:15pm on Wednesday 16th January 2019
To: 9:30pm on Wednesday 1st July 2020
Explore the Whanganui River - Canoe Hire
Daily hire of canoes to discover the Whanganui River in including drop offs and pick ups plus accommodation options.
Where: Blazing Paddles, Taumarunui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 985 State Highway 4, Taumarunui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 7:00am on Tuesday 4th December 2018
To: 7:00pm on Tuesday 30th April 2019
NOA Open Studio
Come join NOA for twice-weekly facilitated drawing sessions in the Te Manawa foyer. NOA is both an acronym for Notes Of Art and Te Reo for “an area without restriction, safe and open for everyone.” All are ...
Where: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Address: 326 Main St, Palmerston North
From: 10:00am on Wednesday 6th February 2019
To: 2:30pm on Thursday 12th December 2019
The Dino dig is an outdoor garden with sandpits and tools in which kids can hunt for and unearth fossils and learn about them in the process. It's an unsupervised activity that encourages free play. Open daily but ...
Where: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North
Address: 326 Main St, Palmerston North
From: 10:00am on Tuesday 22nd January 2019
To: 5:00pm on Tuesday 31st December 2019