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In Whanganui, New Zealand’s longest navigable river weaves through a diverse landscape, linking mountains, rainforest, city and sea.

On the west coast of the North Island, Whanganui is a unique place to visit. The natural environment is truly unique – black sand beaches, scenic riverbanks of the Whanganui River and remote native bush.

With a rich cultural Māori and European heritage and vibrant artistic community, this is as authentic as it gets. Your clients can stumble upon cafés adorned with art, see concerts at historic venues, or discover diverse and colourful art galleries.

The best of Whanganui

  • Whanganui River – This mystical river is at the heart of the region, weaving from mountains through rainforest and out to the sea. It can be explored by canoe, jetboat, riverboat and is home to many historic sites, including the Bridge to Nowhere.
  • Ride the trails – Your clients can take as long as they want to cycle the 84km Mountains to Sea Trail or they can go for a more casual peddle through the local parks, such as Hylton and Victoria Parks.
  • Discover arts and heritage – Learn the stories of Whanganui’s past through distinctive heritage buildings and Whanganui Regional Museum’s collection of Māori taonga (treasures). Catch artists in action at New Zealand Glassworks, visit the Sarjeant Gallery and catch a gig at the Whanganui Musician’s Club.
  • Climb the Durie Hill Tower – Walk through the underground tunnel and ride the elevator to the top and enjoy the majestic views.
  • Explore beaches – Whanganui’s dramatic black sand beaches, fringed by clay cliffs and grassy dunes, scattered with driftwood and pumice, are spectacular all year round.

Trade tips

  • If your clients are there at the weekend, recommend they browse the River Traders Markets dozens of stalls showcasing Whanganui's local talent on the bank of the Whanganui River.

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:

December

Summer

AVG High

22 °C / 71.6 °F

AVG Low

14 °C / 57.2 °F

June

Winter

AVG High

14 °C/ 57.2 °F

AVG Low

6 °C / 42.8 °F