Whanganui was one of the first cities to be founded in New Zealand. Whanganui, meaning 'big river', comes from the great river that flows through it.
Home to approximately 43,000 people, Whanganui (Wanganui) New Zealand is one of New Zealand's oldest settler towns. It is picturesque and has much to show off to the visitor. It's just a couple of hours' drive from Wellington, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro, or a quick flight from Auckland. A designated motorhome friendly city, Whanganui encourages self-drive travellers year-round.
Prominent heritage buildings in the city include the Whanganui Opera House and the Sarjeant Art Gallery. Whanganui is home to New Zealand’s largest arts community with more fine arts, mixed media and glass artists than anywhere else in the country. Visit the regional museum and see the magnificent collection of Lindauer portraits and Maori treasures. And have a look at one of the more unusual attractions, the earthbound elevator that rises to the top of Durie Hill.
Notable events hosted here include the lively motorcycle Cemetery Circuit Street Races and the Mountains to Sea Multisport, a 270km undertaking across untouched native forest trails and other spectacular scenery galore. The Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail is the longest and most diverse in the country.
But the real heart of this place, both physically and spiritually, is the Whanganui River - the longest navigable river in the country and once known as the Rhine of New Zealand. In early times the river was an important transport route for Maori and European settlers.
Today, the Whanganui National Park is a place of river adventures where you can zip up the river by jetboat or cruise it by paddle steamer. For a kayaking experience, try the Whanganui Journey which starts in Taumaranui and ends in Pipiriki, taking you through stunning bush-clad hill country and long narrow gorges. From Pipiriki you can hop a jetboat tour to the Bridge to Nowhere - built in 1936 for early pioneering farmers and abandoned in 1942.
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