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.
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.
Astral Motel is situated opposite the Historic Wanganui River in a park-like setting. One kilometre from the city centre. Local attractions include a river paddleboat, jet boat, sea fishing, three golf courses, museum and an art gallery. Easy access to many of New Zealand's finest attractions. Cooked/continental breakfast available. Friendly hosts keen to assist
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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.
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. Our 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.
Centrally located, close to civic amenities and attractions. We offer friendly yet 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 to you is in keeping with our Qualmark 4 star plus rating.
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).
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.
Rich in history, The Grand Hotel offers affordable accommodation with 55 en suite rooms. The Grand Hotel attracts families, sporting groups, business people and leisure travellers alike. Conveniently located just off the main street in Wanganui, adjacent to Cooks Gardens Sporting Complex, the hotel has all the facilities and expertise to make your stay enjoyable. Conference facilities and wedding venue.
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.
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.
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!
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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 21st August 2018
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Where: The Celtic Inn, Palmerston North
Address: Regent Arcade, 73-77 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North
From: 5:00pm on Tuesday 7th August 2018
To: 9:00pm on Tuesday 28th August 2018
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Where: Tararua District Library, Dannevirke, Tararua
Address: 1 Station St, Dannevirke, Tararua
From: 9:00am on Tuesday 24th July 2018
To: 5:30pm on Tuesday 28th August 2018
MUSA Arts & Cultures Festival 18
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Where: Massey University Students' Association, Palmerston North
Address: 362 Main St, Palmerston North
From: 10:00am on Monday 13th August 2018
To: 5:00pm on Friday 17th August 2018
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Where: Roslyn Library, Palmerston North
Address: 8 Kipling St, Palmerston North
From: 10:30am on Tuesday 31st July 2018
To: 11:30am on Tuesday 4th December 2018
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Where: Ambitions Training Restaurant, Palmerston North
Address: UCOL, 29 Queen Street, Palmerston North , Palmerston North
From: 11:45am on Tuesday 7th August 2018
To: 11:59pm on Thursday 8th November 2018
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Where: Whanganui & Partners, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
Address: 179 St Hill St, Whanganui, Manawatu / Whanganui
From: 6:00pm on Tuesday 14th August 2018
To: 8:00pm on Tuesday 14th August 2018
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Address: 23 Princess St, Palmerston North
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To: 7:00pm on Tuesday 14th August 2018
Barry Pilcher's Private Art Collection
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Address: 121 South St, Feilding, Feilding and District
From: 10:00am on Thursday 26th July 2018
To: 4:00pm on Wednesday 15th August 2018
Beginners Ballroom and Latin
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Address: 84 Aorangi St, Feilding, Feilding and District
From: 7:30pm on Tuesday 24th July 2018
To: 8:30pm on Tuesday 28th August 2018