Wanganui (sometimes spelt Whanganui) is one of New Zealand's most interesting and historical places to visit with a rich culutral heritage, beautiful landscape and vibrant community. Boasting a number of New Zealand's firsts', original sporting clubs and organisations, the bi-cultural heritage of Wanganui is obvious in the town buildings, galleries and museums. This natural environment has created the charismatic place and numerous attractions in Wanganui today.Find out more
The Wanganui River, Te Awa O Whanganui, is the longest navigable river in New Zealand and an integral part of our district, shaping the development, settlement and history of both early Maori and European settlers. Blessed with an abundance of natural attributes, unspoilt native forest, a temperate climate with above average sunshine hours and stunning west coast beaches. Whanganui has attracted visitors and residents over the ages.
"E rere kau mai te awanui, mai te kahui maunga ki Tangaroa, Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au" “The great river flows from the mountains to the sea, I am the river, the river is me"