Whanganui city hums with activity, but the remote, hidden, secret Whanganui River and its environs, long accessible only by watercraft, preserve the legends of the people of the mist.

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 Whanganui River - Whanganui and Manawatu  Visit Ruapehu

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Whether you want riverside accommodation, a backpacking base or an affordable motel, Whanganui can provide an accommodation option to suit.

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Browse through the diverse range of activities on offer in this beautiful area. There are many to choose from, find your favourite!  

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What to do in Whanganui

  • Explore the Whanganui National Park
  • Cruise, jetboat or kayak along the mighty Whanganui River
  • Visit the renowned Sarjeant Gallery
  • View local glass art works or even sign up for 'glass school'
  • Spend a day in one of the many local parks and reserves

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How do you get to Whanganui?

  • Travel by Plane
    • There are no air services to Whanganui. Palmerston North International Airport services the Wanganui and Manawatu regions with regular flights from New Zealand destinations. The airport is about an hour’s drive from central Whanganui.
  • Travel by Train
    • There are no train services to Whanganui.
  • Travel by Bus
    • Many national bus networks include Whanganui in their routes between North Island destinations. Local shuttles are also available to transport passengers throughout the region. Whanganui is serviced by a public bus network.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • A selection of international rental car companies offer rental services from Palmerston North Airport. Bookings should be made in advance.