Whanganui

From high in the rugged hills of Whanganui National Park, where the Whanganui River begins its long journey, to the charming historic town of Whanganui nestled between river and sea, this region invites you to get off the tourist trail and create your own authentic New Zealand experience, whether it’s a canoe journey on a sacred river or an afternoon at one of Australasia’s top contemporary art galleries.

Around the Whanganui Region

The rugged hills of Whanganui National Park, pleasant river town of Whanganui and the quintessentially Kiwi small town of Taihape (famous for its annual Gumboot Day) all have their own charms to offer in this peaceful and relaxing region that is steeped in history.

Regional Destinations

Whanganui Great eateries and a renowned art gallery on the Whanganui River. Taihape Small country town in the Rangitikei.

Highlights

Visit the acclaimed Sarjeant Art Gallery hewn of Oamaru Stone. Whether by paddle steamer or canoe, take a boat trip on the Whanganui River. Ride the historic Durie Hill Elevator in urban Whanganui. Visit the haunting Bridge To Nowhere.

Maori Culture

The region around the mouth of the Whanganui river was a major area of Maori settlement, and today a deep sense of culture pervades the Whanganui region. Several marae are dotted along the Whanganui River, deep in the Whanganui National Park.