Whanganui Attractions

Whanganui is located close to the mouth of the Whanganui River on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. It is approximately 200 kilometres north of Wellington and 75 kilometres northwest of Palmerston North, at the junction of State Highways 3 and 4. Most of the town lies on the river’s northwestern bank, although some suburbs are located on the opposite side of the river.

Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui

Whanganui is fortunate to have the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua in the heart of the city. The Sarjeant Gallery at Pukenamu Queen's Park is a category one heritage listed building and is an iconic and widely-recognised piece of New Zealand's built history. The Sarjeant holds a permanent collection of more than 8300 art works of national significance, covering four centuries of European art history and all of New Zealand's art history.


Cooks Gardens Sports Stadium

Home to Peter Snell’s world record-breaking mile in 1962, Cooks Gardens is renowned for its sporting and athletics events. This venue has a unique elevated trackside event centre.

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Whanganui River

The 290-km Whanganui River is the second longest in the North Island, after the Waikato. Rising on the north-west flank of Mt Tongariro, it reaches the Tasman Sea at Whanganui.

Whanganui River Journey

Whanganui Musicians Club

For lovers of music looking for a place to go in Whanganui, go no further than The Whanganui Musicians Club. Aptly named, this place was formed (as all good ideas are) in a bar by a group of musicians who sat mulling over their beers whilst watching other bands play. The club holds a club night on the first Friday of each month from 7:00pm – 11:00pm, which aims to nurture young musicians or those fresh to the scene, and provide a no judgement stage for anyone who loves a jam (although if you’re keen to play, get down early as stage space fills up fast). Encouraging of all forms and styles, from punk rock to instrumental, all are welcome here.

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Durie Hill Elevator Tower

The Durie Hill Elevator is a public elevator in Whanganui, on the North Island of New Zealand. It connects Anzac Parade beside the Whanganui River with the suburb of Durie Hill. It is ranked by Heritage New Zealand as a Category 1 Historic Place, and is New Zealand's only public underground elevator.

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Whanganui Regional Museum

Set in Pukenamu Queen’s Park, in the cultural heart of Whanganui, the Whanganui Regional Museum offers visitors a look into the hearts and minds of the people of Whanganui and their treasures.
The Museum is famed for its Taonga Māori Collection. You will see the exceptional creations of tūpuna (ancestors) of Whanganui tangata whenua (indigenous people).

The natural world of Whanganui and the development of a mature and sometimes controversial town are interpreted in a changing exhibition programme with a world-class collection.
Spend time browsing in the Museum Shop which features local and Māori jewellery, books, cards and other New Zealand-made items.

Whanganui Regional Museum is open to visitors every day (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) from 10.00am to 4.30pm. 

Entry is free and everyone is welcome.
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Paddle Steamer Waimarie

Salvaged from the bottom of the Whanganui River where she sat for around 50 years, the Paddle Steamer Waimarie was restored to her former glory and re-launched in 2000 to make her New Zealand’s only authentic coal-fired paddle steamer in operation. 

A cruise aboard the iconic Paddle Steamer Waimarie is undoubtedly one of the most authentic ways to experience Whanganui River’s scenery and history.


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