Discover heritage buildings, a thriving arts scene, a paddle steamer, and more along the Whanganui River.
The picturesque river city of Whanganui has an interesting history. During the late 1800s the city was an important trading centre, with the Whanganui river serving as a key transportation route for goods and people. The city's rapid expansion during this period has left its mark on the city's architecture. Notable buildings include the Royal Whanganui Opera House and the Sarjeant Art Gallery Te Whare o Rehua(opens in new window).
Art lovers will be pleased to learn that Whanganui has been named as New Zealand's only UNESCO City of Design, in recognition the city's contribution to art and creativity.