Haere mai ki Whanganui

Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.

Plan your visit

All you need for a weekend

Get local tips on what to do, upcoming events and where to eat, drink and stay

See, Do, Experience

Explore the Whanganui River, immerse yourself in museums and art galleries, take a leisurely cycle or walk in our natural parks and reserves.

Eat & Drink

Whanganui is a great destination for drinking and dining, from quirky cafes to fine-dining restaurants and creative cocktail bars.


Feel at home when you visit us. Whanganui has accommodation options to suit your budget and your style.

What’s On (Events)

Our events celebrate what makes Whanganui unique, from our rich heritage to our vibrant arts scene to our great sporting achievements.

City of Design

Creativity, innovative spirit, cultural integrity and strength of artistic tradition have won Whanganui recognition as an internationally significant UNESCO City of Design.

Getting Here

Whanganui’s central North Island location is within a three-hour drive from Wellington, Napier, Taupō and New Plymouth. Air Chathams flies between Auckland and Whanganui several times a day.


We’re also less than an hour’s drive from Palmerston North Airport


Use our handy City Centre Map to find your way around.



Bridge in a dense forest

Where to stay in Whanganui

For a quick overview of what’s available and to book online, use our Booking.com accommodation widget.

For expert local advice or further help on your stay, contact our Whanganui i-SITE visitor centre or browse our guides on Where to stay.

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