The Whanganui district has a rich cultural heritage, a diverse natural environment and a vibrant arts scene.
The Whanganui River, Te Awa o Whanganui, is the longest navigable river in New Zealand and an integral part of the district’s history, shaping the experiences of both early Māori and European settlers.
Whanganui has a deep and rich history: the mouth of the Whanganui River was a significant settlement site of pre-European Māori and the town was officially established by settlers in 1840.
Whanganui is home to hundreds of professional artists and this impact of creative talent can be seen around town.
While the Whanganui River is a highlight for many visitors, the region has a diverse and beautiful natural environment and there are plenty of other reasons to get outside.