Whanganui (sometimes spelt Wanganui) is a place steeped in history, art and culture. Big enough to draw crowds and small enough to be intimate. We are surrounded by mountains, Mount Taranaki, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro, a beautiful natural landscape, dramatic west coast beaches and unspoilt native bush for tramping and wilderness trips. Our vibrant community prides itself on its parks and reserves, cycle and walk ways and an abundance of creativity. Don’t be surprised to find an immediate sense of connection, an unexpected little slice of heaven, and real New Zealand authenticity. Enjoy our manaakitanga – our legendary hospitality. We look forward to welcoming you to our part of the world.


Come and learn more.


Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au. I am the river, the river is me.





The Waimarie is a unique turn-of-the-century paddle steamer and the only operating coal-fired paddle steamer in NZ. She arrived in Whanganui in 1899 and has been fully restored to her original condition. Moored on the banks of the river near the Riverboat Centre, we celebrate the riverboat era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Looking for a bit of history on your list of things to do in Whanganui – then enjoy stepping back in time and take a leisurely cruise on the mighty Whanganui River!

Bushy Park.jpg




Bushy Park Reserve is a 100 hectare native forest sanctuary kept predator‑free for native birds and is ranked one of Australasia’s ‘Top 25’ Restoration Projects. There are 3.4km of easy all‑weather walking tracks throughout the forest and a huge variety of bird life and species of trees. Don’t miss ‘Ratanui’, believed to be the biggest northern rata, 43 metres high with a girth of more than 11 metres with an age of between 500 and 1000 years.

While you’re there, visit the 22 room 1906 Edwardian‑era homestead and enjoy a picnic. You can also book accommodation here and enjoy a peaceful stay in the magnificent heritage homestead. 

Durie Hill Tunnell.jfif



Beyond the City Bridge, Durie Hill’s 213 metre long pedestrian tunnel leads to the historic Durie Hill Underground Elevator.

The Durie Hill Underground Elevator was built to provide residents of the garden suburb easier access to the growing city. Built in 1919, it is New Zealands only public underground Elevator and is still used on a daily basis by locals and visitors.

Access is through a long pedestrian tunnel and then you’re welcomed aboard the elevator for the 66 metre ride to the top of the hill and it only costs $2!

The underground elevator emerges right by the Durie Hill War Memorial Tower – do them both together for a fun outing!

In the early days it was just a shilling for a child and another shilling to take the bicycle as well. For a little more you can purchase a small souvenir card with all the details.

Brimblecombe very wide daytime shot high