1. The Citadel
Picked by Lonely Planet as a contender for the North Island’s best burgers, The Citadel has been smashing it since opening in 2016. The heart of our seaside suburb of Castlecliff, the heated porch, piles of loaded chips and NZ craft beer selection will inspire a beach trip any time of year.
2. Maria Lane Eatery & Bar
Maria Lane’s offering is forever evolving. All served in a stylishly funky and cool environment that boasts an awesome vibe and exceptional service in the heart of Whanganui. Maria Lane is a firm favourite with visitors and locals.
3. Japanese Kitchen WA
Eating sushi al fresco in August? Why not? Japanese Kitchen WA is tucked down a charming covered alleyway that’s cosy all year round. Great service, a tasty and authentic menu and a unique ambience make this a longstanding favourite.
4. Caroline’s Boatshed Bar and Eatery
Now to the other side of town! Our riverside suburb of Aramoho is the proud home of Caroline’s Boatshed Bar and Eatery. All-day gastro-style dining, river views and a kid-friendly atmosphere make this a favourite spot for families and groups. Ride your bike there via the riverside path from the CBD!
5. Rutland Arms
Truly the most Whanganui of Whanganui institutions: some variation of the Rutland Arms Inn has been in place at the corner of Victoria and Ridgway (NZ’s Most Beautiful St 2019!) since 1849. The restaurant leans into its history, with vintage photos lining the walls and classic pub grub on the menu. The Rutland also has one of the best craft beer tap lists in town.