• Heritage buildings
  • Galleries and museums
  • Historic Durie Hill elevator


  • by car:

    2.5 hours from Wellington

  • by plane:

    1 hour from Auckland

The city of Whanganui sits at the Tasman Sea end of the wild and wonderful Whanganui River. Discover heritage buildings, a paddle steamer and much more.

The picturesque river city of Whanganui has a long history. During the early days of European settlement, it was an important trading centre. The river served as a main highway for the transport of goods and people. Prominent heritage buildings in the city include the Royal Whanganui Opera House and the Sarjeant Art Gallery. Take time to explore the restored heritage areas on one of the city's heritage walks, then board the paddle steamer for a memorable river cruise. One of Whanganui's more unusual visitor attractions is the earthbound elevator that rises to the top of Durie Hill. The regional museum has a magnificent collection of Lindauer portraits and Maori treasures.

Whanganui offers a wide choice of accommodation, including parking sites and campgrounds that welcome self-contained vehicles.

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