Whanganui: colourful and creative

From clay to canvas; artworks, artefacts and molten glass, Whanganui is bursting with creative colour.


The magnificent Sarjeant Gallery building. © Sarjeant Gallery

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The Grand Hotel & Function Centre Visit website

Grand, prestigious and rich in history. The Grand Hotel is conveniently located just off the main street of Wanganui and adjacent to Cooks Garden sports complex. . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. Read the story . . . 

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Cooks Gardens Motor Lodge Visit website

Superior accommodation in the River City. Quiet courtyard setting, close to main shopping street. All our spacious studios, 1 and 2-bedroom units have tinted hush . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Whanganui National Park: the magic river

The Whanganui is New Zealand’s longest navigable river, winding its way from the mountains to the Tasman Sea. You can imagine it would have looked much the same a hundred years ago. Read the story . . . 

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Whanganui River TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Our holiday park, located just on the banks of Whanganui River, is the highest rated holiday park in the Wanganui/Manawatu area, rated Superior by TOP . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Whanganui Journey: paddle your own canoe

While considered one of New Zealand's Great Walks, the Whanganui Journey is less of a walk and more of a paddle. Read the story . . . 

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Riverview Motel Visit website

Welcome to the Riverview Motel. Owners Mark (a local) and Karen (Irish) extend you a warm friendly welcome. The motel is set on the banks . . . More . . . 

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Whanganui: following the river

The majestic Whanganui river has an ignominious end where it joins the sea. There is an endless battle of currents; the river wanting out and the ocean wanting in. Read the story . . . 

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Riverside Motel Visit website

Relax in an attractive garden setting on the banks of the Whanganui River where you can watch the historic paddle steamer Waimarie sail the lower reaches. . . . More . . . 

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Indulge: food and drink in Whanganui

There are several spots for great coffee, foodie gems and fun places to eat out in pretty Whanganui. Read the story . . . 

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151 on London Motel & Conference Centre Visit website

151 on London is an impressive complex boasting 26 luxury air conditioned suites built with your comfort in mind. It is situated on SH3, at . . . More . . . 

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Heritage and history

Whanganui: colourful and creative

From clay to canvas; artworks, artefacts and molten glass, Whanganui is bursting with creative colour.  Read the story . . . 

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Raceway Motel

We have room to park trucks. Lovely salt water pool. Spa pool. Home baking. Enjoy a warm welcome and an affordable stay in our comfortable complex. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Adventure time: tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  Read the story . . . 

YHA Whanganui, Braemar House

The Victorian homestead was built in 1895; restoration started in the late 1990’s and its transformation continues to this present day. It's situated beside the . . . More . . . 

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Take a journey on the Whanganui River

The river – Te Awa o Whanganui – forms the heart and history of Whanganui.  Read the story . . . 

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