The built beauty in Whanganui is perfectly paired with the town’s natural landscape. It's a true wonderland!
Whanganui is speckled with parks; grab the family, pack a picnic, bring extra seeds for potential bird friends, and enjoy a day out discovering Whanganui. Whether you’re looking for a nice lakeside walk at Virginia Lake(opens in new window), or an afternoon in the water maze at Kowhai Park(opens in new window) there is something for all to enjoy.
Want to see all of Whanganui? Durie Hill War Memorial Tower(opens in new window) is the city’s most iconic tower and is 176 steps high, and 113 metres above sea level - giving you panoramic views of the city, Whanganui River, and the harbour. On a nice day, you may be able to spot Mt Taranaki, Mt Ruapehu and the northernmost tip of New Zealand.
Just a five-minute drive west of Whanganui is one of the region’s hidden treasures - Bushy Park(opens in new window) Wildlife Sanctuary. This now healthy and regenerated forest allows visitors to wander among giant trees and see rare birds that the rest of the country have never seen nor, heard of before.
For something more creative, head to New Zealand Glassworks(opens in new window) where you can see a range of glass artists and browse the gallery. You can even get involved at special events or book your spot at the next paperweight or beginners Glass-blowing class.
Get your dose of art, plants, food, crafts and threads every Saturday, on the downtown Whanganui Riverbank at the Traders Markets(opens in new window). In previous years the same location was used by Māori to trade their produce, and today it is a community environment that encourages local culture, produce, and history. Admire the many stalls and pick up some handmade goods.
Soak up the beauty of New Zealand’s longest navigable waterway and explore the depths of the Whanganui River. You can bike, jet boat, canoe or take it by foot (there’s even a Paddlesteamer named, Waimarie(opens in new window) that can take you).