Whanganui, New Zealand's UNESCO City of Design, is a place where legends live alongside modern life.

From the heart of the North Island to its breath-taking West Coast, Whanganui is a unique blend of heritage architecture and cutting-edge creativity. We're big enough to support ground-breaking ambitions and small enough for authentic connection. The Whanganui region is rich in history, culture and a diverse natural environment. Our beauty, legends and river have inspired generations of visitors and inhabitants.

Meet the locals

Our people make this place what it is.

This is a place of exchange, where new people and new ideas are welcomed, and difference is valued. We embrace the hundreds of thousands of individual stories that have touched our community, and we welcome every one.

Jack and Delphi

Article cafe

Jack and Delphi run Article from in the heart of old Whanganui, in the original Whanganui Chronicle paper building. They facilitate a sales spot for talented local artists, creators and crafters... and they also sell sensational coffee, cool stuff, vintage clothes and unique old products.

Katie Brown

Glass artist

Katie Brown has established an international following for her detail to design within hot glass. Her designs are inspired by the natural world. With a delicate use of structure and form, Katie creates pieces that are beautiful, functional and highly sought-after.

Liberty Bracegirdle

Owner, Recycle the Label

Recycle the Label is a boutique with a difference - perfectly mixing sustainability and goodwill. This retail outlet sells high-quality secondhand clothing and donates unsold items and a portion of its profits with Women's Refuge. Liberty recently expanded her business to incorporate Rent the Label, a designer dress rental service.

Sam Monaghan

Owner, Monaghan's Barbershop

Sam established Monaghan's Barbershop in 2016. With a focus on quality craftsmanship, Sam has created an authentic, laid-back environment where customers can come to relax. Monaghan's team of barbers has grown significantly and is recognised within the community as a premier service provider. For drop-in customers, watching barber chair transformations take place as they wait is an entertaining part of the experience!

Wen Xiong


Wen says she is...Trying to be a magical teacher, trying to be a magical storyteller, and trying to be a good person. As her devoted following of enchanted, mesmerised children and parents shows - she is succeeding at all three.

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