Wanganui is the main centre of the Whanganui District, rich in Maori and early European settler history. The city is situated on the banks of the Whanganui River, New Zealand’s longest navigable waterway. Once an important trade and travel route for settled Maori tribes and an important base in the 1860’s land wars.
The region is well known for its remarkable historic buildings, arts and culture and is an excellent holiday destination for history buffs, nature lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts.
Recommended visitor attractions and activities in Wanganui
Explore the Whanganui National park, for outdoor adventure pursuits
Delve into art and culture, visit the Sargeant Gallery, Museum or Riverboat Centre
Wander the cities historic sites, buildings and colonial architecture, parks and gardens
Get out on the water, during summer ride the100 year old Paddle Steamer "Waimarie"
What's your preferred level of activity?
Action adventure Explore the Whanganui National park for kayaking, rafting, jet boating, sky diving, horse riding and treks, mountain biking
Moderate activities Canoe the Whanganui River, waking tracks
Visit the Riverboat Centre and regional museum, Sargeant Gallery for Wanganui art, culture and heritage, The River Traders Market on Saturdays, Bason Botannic Gardens, bird sanctuary,
Children and young families Swim, picnic, BBQ at Kai Iwi Beach 14kms from Wanganui, Ashley Park for farm animals, pony rides, mini golf
Getting to Wanganui
Self Drive by road Distance from Wanganui to Wellington 195 km (121 miles) 2 hours 45 minutes
Distance from Wanganui to Palmerston North 74 km (46 miles) 1 hour 10 minutes.
Air services Located 4 km from the city centre the Wanganui domestic airport has daily flights from Wanganui to Auckland and Wellington.
There are on site taxi services.