An abundance of creativity, art and heritage shaped by the Whanganui River, Te Awa O Whanganui
Visit the city of Whanganui and see the resurgence of heritage, arts, culture and innovation.
Surrounded by mountains and native forest, Whanganui is big enough to draw crowds and small enough to be intimate.
The Durie Hill Elevator and War Memorial Tower, Waimarie paddle steamer, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui Regional Museum and historic Royal Wanganui Opera House are all must-see’s.
Three beaches, a majestic river, cycle trails and tracks, numerous art galleries and events, an international facility for glass art and several music venues as well as a great café culture. You won’t run out of things to do.
Visit the Whanganui River Traders and Farmers Markets on a Saturday and take a casual stroll along the river boardwalks.
People are friendly and will greet you with “kia ora” while shopping the independent boutiques and retro shops is a treat.
Bason Botanic Gardens, Virginia Lake, Paloma Gardens and the iconic Kowhai Park with cartoon and nursery rhyme figures, a pirate ship, octopus and dinosaur slide attracts generations of families every day.
Don’t be surprised to find an immediate sense of connection, an unexpected little slice of heaven, and real New Zealand authenticity.
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Waimarie Paddle Steamer
Cruise on the last authentic coal fired paddle steamer in New Zealand. Glide along the Whanganui River travelling the way of early years. Stoke the boiler for a true heritage experience.
Hot glass, interactive workshops and an enticing gallery! See or try first hand the mesmerising processes of making glass art. Large and small works from renowned New Zealand glass artists enthrall and amaze. A must do stop.
Durie Hill Elevator and Tower
Take the underground elevator built in 1919 to the top of Durie Hill. Climb the 176 spiral staircase of the shell rock Durie Hill War Memorial Tower for 360 degree views of the city and river.
Bushy Park Sanctuary
A 100 hectare wetland and virgin lowland forest sanctuary for native wildlife. Easy walking trails and prolific native bird life. "Ratanui", the largest northern rata in the southern hemisphere estimated at between 500 and 1000 years old, 43 m
Did you know?
Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au. I am the river, the river is me. New Zealand’s longest navigable river, from the mountains to the sea, is defined and adopted by this Māori proverb for all who love and visit this place.