Discover Whanganui

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Where to find us

Located on the West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island and home to approximately 43,000 people, Whanganui is located 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’s flight from Auckland or Wellington. 

Scenic Highlights

Most of the city lies on the north-western 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.

Home to NZ’s  largest arts and heritage community, there are some spectacular panoramic views of our natural and historic environment.  From the P.S. Waimarie, NZ’s last operational paddle steamer to the Durie Hill Elevator and Memorial Tower, Whanganui is often privileged to be able to view Mt Ruapehu, Mt Taranaki and the tip of the South Island on a fine day.  Stunning beaches, native forests, reserves and sanctuaries all contribute to a beautiful place with one of New Zealand’s most temperate climates.
What’s on

Vintage Weekend Whanganui

NZ Masters Games (2015)

Artists Open Studios & Glass Festival

Pūanga Whanganui Festival
June & August

Cemetery Circuit Motorcycle Street Races
Boxing Day, December

Conference Venues & Facilities

Professional venues, unique locations and cost effective options mean Whanganui should always be considered as an option for your next conference or meeting.  Our venues can cater for small business meetings to large scale conferences and events up to 1200 people.  As a place immersed in history a number of our venues are in heritage buildings lending an atmosphere and cultural aspect like no other.


Experienced in hosting visitors from all over the world,  accommodation options are plentiful.  Our largest hotel has 53 rooms and many other accommodation requirements can be met.  Charming motels and hotels, B & B’s and shared accommodation alternatives can all be managed to suit the specific needs of any event.  Personal assistance and Whanganui’s legendary manaakitanga (hospitality) will ensure an excellent stay.

Unforgettable Experiences

A visit to the renowned Bridge to Nowhere by jetboat, canoe and kayak river trips, a sailing on the P.S. Waimarie and the views from the Durie Hill Elevator and Memorial Tower are nothing but exceptional.  For those less adventurous the Whanganui Regional Museum has one of NZ’s most significant Taonga Māori collections and the largest Moa collection on display in the world.  Art workshops and special glass blowing experiences can be arranged, a visit to the Ward Observatory to view Saturn,  heritage walking tours and cycling paths are all unforgettable  and unique to the Whanganui district.

Add to this the colourful and tempting River Traders and Farmers Markets held every Saturday and the visual delights of Whanganui’s many galleries and studios including the Sarjeant Gallery – Te Whare O Rehua.  Relaxation is also easy to find walking the riverbank, viewing public art or just sampling the delights of boutique shopping and a thriving café town.