Whanganui was recently rated one of New Zealand’s Top 10 destinations by Experience Oz & NZ, a leading online travel booking site highlighting the best of regions.
For decades Whanganui has been one of the North Island’s adventure playgrounds for all sorts of activities given the climate, the beaches (yes, we have 3 and are a coastal city), the wonderful Whanganui River and the Whanganui National Park. Whanganui is also very central and easily accessible. Whanganui is a 2 ½ hour drive North from Wellington 1 ½ hours from Tongariro National Park or an hours flight from Auckland.
The city’s heritage is obvious when visiting – from the stunning architecture and buildings to the Durie Hill Underground Elevator and Memorial Tower, numerous marae and taonga (treasures) in the Whanganui Regional Museum. Whanganui has a significant arts reputation with artists, art collections, music and performance groups and clubs.
On a regular weekend several galleries and studios are within walking distance of the River Traders, Whanganui’s market by the river held every Saturday morning rain or shine. You’ll find a lot to see and do here. So, if you haven’t been to Whanganui, it’s time to plan a visit.