Get close to the experience.

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


The Arts scene in Whanganui is an array of photography, mosaics, jewellery, paintings, pastel, pottery, re-invented art, sculptures, fashion, textiles, glass, performing artists and musicians.


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.


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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