Tēnā koutou katoa. Welcome to the new official website for visitors to Whanganui and those wanting to connect with the community. We’ve assembled information you’ll find helpful in visiting here, or considering us as a destination to move or do business. See the tabs across the top of the site to access your main areas of interest.
We always welcome feedback on your experience in Whanganui, this site, or questions about things to do and see. Please follow this link to the enquiry/feedback form.
Haere mai ki Whanganui – Welcome to Whanganui
A River, a Town, a Lifestyle Choice
The Whanganui River : Te Awa O Whanganui – ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au (I am the river and the river is me). These words embody the spiritual, cultural and historical relationship of Whanganui Maori with the river which holds their ancestry. This important saying traditionally used by local Maori has become increasingly relevant to locals of European descent whose lives and history have also become interwoven by the river.
The Whanganui District is situated on the West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. At the mouth of the Whanganui River lies the town of Wanganui or Whanganui (whichever you prefer) a place called home by approximately 43,000 people. You will see on this site we have used both ‘Whanganui’ and ‘Wanganui’ to describe our district. Both spellings were gazetted by Parliament for use and are official names of our district.
Whanganui is a place that gives visitors an opportunity to become immersed in authentic heritage in a generous riverside setting, bustling with activity. There is something here for everyone from arts and culture to sport and recreation or enjoying the scenery and natural attractions. We are surrounded by a natural landscape with dramatic west coast beaches, unspoilt native bush for tramping and wilderness trips and the longest navigable river in New Zealand. Whanganui is a great place to be. With a relaxed lifestyle, excellent accommodation and a warm, friendly, welcoming community you will enjoy what we call manaakitanga – our legendary hospitality. We look forward to welcoming you to our part of the world.