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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.


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.