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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The Bridge to Nowhere

When the road disappeared in the bush, grasses and lichens colonised the span and the deck of the bridge – the grandest in a tramping track you’ll ever see. Read the story . . . 

Whanganui District Council Visit website

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 . . . More . . . 

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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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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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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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Activities

Four fun things to do in Whanganui

Tunnels and towers have a special fascination, and Whanganui has both. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Kingsgate Hotel The Avenue, Wanganui

Just a 10-minute walk from attractions like Sarjeant Gallery and Alexander Heritage Library, it’s the perfect base from which to explore Wanganui. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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 . . . 

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