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Three main rivers dominate Whanganui, offering a range of accompanying activities specific to each.

Whanganui (also known as Wanganui) New Zealand is picturesque and has much to show the visitor. Prominent heritage buildings in the city include the Whanganui Opera House and the Sarjeant Art Gallery, and clients who enjoy more unusual attractions will be interested in the earthbound elevator that rises to the top of Durie Hill. Mount Tongariro – a national park – is not far away, and offers walking and hiking opportunities suited to all. 

But the real heart of Whanganui, both physically and spiritually, is the Whanganui River. In early times the river was an important transport route for Māori and European settlers. Today, the Whanganui National Park is a place of river adventures where you can zip up the river by jetboat or cruise it by paddle steamer.

The Best of Whanganui

  • Whanganui River – Clients can navigate this river for over 200km by canoe.  Along the way there are many spots for clients to see that are significant to Maori tribes.
  • Cruises – Jump aboard one of many river cruises including the Whanganui River Paddle Steamer.
  • Jetboating – Jetboating allows clients to experience the Whanganui River in a more adventurous way.
  • Cycling – Clients can take as long as they want as they cycle the 84km Mountain to Sea Trail or can go for a more casual peddle through the local parks, such as Hylton and Victoria Parks.

Further Information

Videos on the Region and other New Zealand Regions
Whanganui Regional Tourism Information (Visit Whanganui)
Find an i-SITES Visitor Information Centre
www.newzealand.com (Whanganui)

Climate & Weather:



AVG High

22 °C / 71.6 °F


14 °C / 57.2 °F



AVG High

14 °C/ 57.2 °F


6 °C / 42.8 °F

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