Official Discovery Guide

Plan your trip and discover the best of both worlds in Whanganui, with our Official Discovery Guide.

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Whanganui's Official Discovery Guide

Discover local tips, secrets and hidden gems in Whanganui. Plan your trip in the City of Design.

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


Whanganui is a UNESCO City of Design and this designation is evident throughout the city’s arts offerings. Photography, mosaics, jewellery, paintings, pastel, pottery, re-invented art, sculptures, fashion, textiles, glass, performing artists and musicians are to be found everywhere.


Marae, homesteads, memorials and civic buildings provide a strong sense of place and identity and the concentration of significant heritage buildings found in Whanganui is rare in New Zealand. This UNESCO City of Design boasts centuries of creativity.


Whanganui has an abundance of outdoor areas and facilities for all kinds of activities. Our beaches have plenty of room to play on land and in the sea and are favourite places for families, fishing, beachcombers and wide open walks.

Whanganui River

A visit to the Whanganui River and the road that winds alongside it into the heart of the Whanganui National Park is a special journey with great scenery, beautiful marae and historical places of interest.

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