Exploring Whanganui

Whanganui is a pleasant town on the banks of the Whanganui River. A busy main street lined with rustling green trees and colourful flower baskets during summer and the beautiful Sarjeant Art Gallery set on a hilltop park add to the appeal. This is the departure point for Whanganui River journeys in Whanganui National Park.

Do & Discover

The Whanganui River is the big natural attraction in the region, and many of Whanganui’s most popular attractions involve exploring it in a variety of ways. Start your river experience with jetboating operators Bridge to Nowhere Tours, Whanganui River Adventures, or take a more leisurely, old-fashioned approach with Waimarie Paddle Steamer Tours. Back on land you may wish to investigate the well-regarded Sarjeant Art Gallery.

Food & Drink

Whanganui’s a quiet area of the country, but nevertheless there are still a few notable cafés and dining highlights. Grab a good coffee at Big Orange, or hit up another good option at Stellar Restaurant & Bar.

Accommodation

Opt for a clean and comfortable motel or something a little more opulent with Whanganui accommodation options such as 151 on London Motel and The Grand Hotel.

Local Knowledge

Whanganui Airport, 8 km from central Whanganui, offers flights to Auckland, Taupo and Wellington, while Whanganui is 2 hours, 45 minutes from Wellington and 8 hours from Auckland (via SH 4) by road. Find out more at Whanganui i–SITE at 31 Taupo Quay.

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