Whanganui District Council
The city of Wanganui is one of the oldest, provincial cities in New Zealand. Located on the west coast of the North Island, Wanganui is easily accessible by air and road - the perfect location for a weekend away, or as a base for day trips to the internationally reknowned Whanganui National Park or skiing at Mt Ruapehu. The historically significant Whanganui River has shaped the city and its people and today you can enjoy the thrill of 239 listed rapids or a leisurely cruise on New Zealand's last coal-fired paddle steamer - PS Waimarie. Alternatively, drive along the Whanganui River Road through historic settlements rich in cultural and natural heritage. Indulge in the charm of Wanganui's galleries, stunning architecture, parks, lakes and beaches, boutique shopping and colourful River Traders Market, plus exciting events all year round. With one of the most temperate climates of any city in the world and all within a 3 hour dive from Wellington, Taupo and New Plymouth - Wanganui will re-connect you with real New Zealand and you'll soon realise what you've been missing.