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.
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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.
Bushy Park Homestead in Wanganui is a Category One heritage building and has been preserved very much in its original state. As guests in our Bed and Breakfast, you will live as the guests of the past did, with spacious rooms and delicious home style cooking. And for families we have cabin style accommodation and both powered and non-powered campsites.
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.
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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Mobile-friendly - 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.
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7 Days Live!
"What if you could have all the fun of New Zealand's most popular ever TV comedy show, but instead of them being on a tiny screen, they were right in front of you, in real life?? And what if there were no cameras or ...
Where: Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
Address: 53 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North
From: 7:30pm on Tuesday 18th December 2018
To: 10:00pm on Tuesday 18th December 2018
Celtic Inn's Steak Night! With Live Music By You & Me
Bring your friends & family to the Celtic Inn's amazing Tuesday Steak Nightl! Featuring Live music! This weeks performers "You and Me" are married couple Jeff and Sheree Carr. A two piece acoustic covers act based in ...
Where: The Celtic Inn, Palmerston North
Address: Regent Arcade, 73-77 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North
From: 5:00pm on Tuesday 18th December 2018
To: 8:00pm on Tuesday 18th December 2018
Hudson & Halls Live!
And we’re live! The oven’s caught fire, David is drinking and Peter has some bad news. Prepare to be transported to a 1980s television studio for big laughs, rum-fuelled showdowns, and some very questionable cooking. ...
Where: Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
Address: 280 Church St, Palmerston North
From: 8:00pm on Saturday 10th November 2018
To: 10:00pm on Friday 21st December 2018
Feilding Rotary Christmas Cave
A magical Christmas Cave with displays, activities, model trains and - of course- Santa! 8th and 9th December: open to the public (opening week-end) 10th to 13th December: pre-booked groups only (schools, ...
Where: Feilding Little Theatre Players, Feilding, Feilding and District
Address: 21 Stafford Street, Feilding, Feilding and District
From: 10:30am on Saturday 8th December 2018
To: 3:30pm on Monday 24th December 2018
Massey Kids' Club Summer School Holiday Programme
Fun and varied school holiday programme for children aged 5 to 13 years. We have a range of exciting activities, events and trips planned in December 2018 and January 2019 for the school holidays. Our enthusiastic ...
Where: Massey Kids' Club, Palmerston North
Address: Orchard Rd, Palmerston North
From: 8:00am on Monday 17th December 2018
To: 5:30pm on Tuesday 29th January 2019
Falun Dafa Meditation
Falun Gong, also commonly known as Falun Dafa, is a self-improvement practice that improves mental and physical wellness. Great for relaxation, healing, and peace of mind. Come along to meet like-minded people who ...
Where: Rangiora Community Hall, Palmerston North
Address: 102 Rangiora ave, Palmerston North, Palmerston North
From: 6:30pm on Tuesday 26th June 2018
To: 8:30pm on Tuesday 4th June 2019
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
These art programmes are offered during the school term. Students are introduced to different levels of learning as they gain competency, therefore there is a mix of abilities in classes. Students learn the ...
Where: Square Edge, Palmerston North
Address: 47 The Square, Palmerston North
From: 3:30pm on Tuesday 16th October 2018
To: 5:00pm on Tuesday 18th December 2018
If you have never drawn from a Life Model, or want to refresh your skills then this is the course for you. This ten-week programme with tutor Mike Ryan is an exciting chance to draw or paint the human form from life. ...
Where: Square Edge, Palmerston North
Address: 47 The Square, Palmerston North
From: 5:30pm on Tuesday 16th October 2018
To: 7:00pm on Tuesday 18th December 2018
Triple C Community Morning Tea
Coffee, Company and conversation (also craft, company, cake, crochet, cnitting and other nice things that start with 'C'! All welcome - family friendly.
Where: Te Patikitiki Libary, Palmerston North
Address: Monrad Park, Highbury Avenue, Palmerston North
From: 10:30am on Tuesday 7th August 2018
To: 12:15pm on Tuesday 18th December 2018